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Marathon man!

Stefan McWee

Staff from Burntwood Leisure Centre are all behind team member Stefan McWee’s goal to compete in the Birmingham International Marathon this autumn.

Nineteen-year-old Stefan, who is from Burntwood and works at Burntwood Leisure Centre as a Recreation Assistant, is in training to run the 26.2 mile course in a marathon on 15 October 2017.

He’s running to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. This charity is close to Stefan’s heart, after he was treated in hospital as a child for a life-threatening brain abscess.

Stefan said:

“This is my first marathon so it’s a challenge, but I’m training hard and it helps that I am running for a charity that I really believe in. Birmingham Children’s Hospital saved my life when I was ten and really unwell, and I hope lots of people will sponsor me so I can raise as much money as possible.”

When in his final year at primary school, Stefan was rushed into hospital with a brain abscess and needed immediate antibiotics. He had to have constant care, scans and a number of cannulas and a catheter.

He has a scar on his head where the abscess was removed, as well as two scars on his chest where two tubes pumped the antibiotics round his body. Stefan spent weeks in hospital and it was a further two weeks at home before he was given the all clear and the tubes could be removed.

“I want to thank everyone at the hospital and all the staff - nothing can repay you for all you did for me, and to my friends and family for their support,” added Stefan.

To sponsor Stefan visit his Just Giving page at

To find out more about Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity’s go to

The registered charity number is 1160875

Posted on Thursday 10th August 2017

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