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Bourne Reserves manager Steve's daunting challenge

The loss of a member of the Bourne Town Juniors’ football family was the inspiration behind Wakes Reserves and Under 18s manager Steve Bills taking up a daunting challenge.

Steve has set himself a target of running or walking 1,000 miles in 100 consecutive days.

He has currently completed more than 800 miles while raising funds for the Sue Ryder Hospice in Peterborough in memory of Paula Turner who sadly passed away in December after a brave fight against cancer.

Bourne Town Reserves boss Steve Bills.
Bourne Town Reserves boss Steve Bills.

Steve said: “Paula touched the hearts of many with her positive, friendly and selfless attitude to life.

“In the last couple of years, with her brave and courageous battle against cancer, she was an inspiration to us all.

“I knew Paula through a very close junior football family. David, her son, plays for my Under 18s and as secretary of the club she worked tirelessly to support 20 plus teams.

“Even after being diagnosed, she continued in the role until the dreadful illness got the better of her.

“Paula’s selfless attitude was well highlighted in the first lockdown where she supported NHS workers with supplies of food for their children.

“This was just one example of many where she went above and beyond for others.”

The Abbey Lawn club are also planning on staging a football fun day in Paula’s memory later in the year, depending on any coronavirus restrictions.

And Steve is hoping that anyone wishing to support his very worthy cause will be able to donate at his fundraising page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paula-turner69

He added: “Paula’s close friendship, energy and enthusiasm for life were the main reasons why I wanted to do something in her memory raising funds for one of her chosen charities, the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough.

“The Sue Ryder provides fantastic support to people through the most difficult times of their lives.

“Whether that’s a terminal illness, the loss of a loved one or a neurological condition – they’re there when it

“Their doctors, nurses and carers all give people the compassion and the expert care they need to help them live the best life that they possibly can.”

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