Ipswich Town FC rising star Liam Gibbs from Bury St Edmunds joins footballing brothers in Three Peaks Challenge for sport brain health charity
A trio of footballing brothers from Bury St Edmunds are taking on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise awareness and donate money to a charity helping with a subject important to their game.
Liam Gibbs, 18, who plays for Ipswich Town FC, 21-year-old Ryan who last season joined Cambridge City from Haverhill Rovers and Jordan, 17, who plays for Walsham-le-Willows, will be taking on the challenge on June 18.
The trio have decided to do it for Head for Change, a new charity pioneering positive change for brain health in sport.
Liam said: “It was the recent news stories about footballers across all levels of the game suffering with brain injuries after their playing careers that made us want to do this.
“Head for Change supports ex-players who have been affected by brain injuries and when we were looking at charities that do this sort of work we found them and thought as they were a new charity it would be good to raise the money for them and raise awareness about their work.”
The brothers have been training well to take on Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Mount Snowdon in Wales but it is the subject matter they are doing it for that is spurring them on.
Liam said: “For us, we are young footballers at the starts of our careers so to hear about this risk of brain injuries is quite worrying.
“We obviously want to know if there is a possible link between heading the ball in football and whether that could cause brain injury or not in later life.”
The JustGiving page set up for the challenge already has more than £700 in it and the three intrepid challengers were really happy that so many people felt the same about what they were trying to do.
Liam said on behalf of his brothers: “A massive thank you to everyone that has donated so far, every donation will be a huge benefit to the charity.
“With what they do and being a new charity, any money given will be grateful received. We just hope we can get as much money to help them help as many people as possible.”
To donate and to find out more about what the brothers are doing, click here.