Dearne man’s great north tribute

Rob Bates (r), of Grimethorpe is taking part in the Great North Run to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society as his borther David, of Sprotbrough, suffers from MS. Picture: Andrew Roe
Rob Bates (r), of Grimethorpe is taking part in the Great North Run to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society as his borther David, of Sprotbrough, suffers from MS. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A man from Grimethorpe, who helped his brother to get fit after he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, is now taking part in a half marathon to help other people with the condition.

d Rob Bates, 31, will take part in the Great North Run on Sunday, September 15 to raise money for the MS society. He is running in tribute to brother David Bates, 27, who he calls an ‘inspiration’.

Rob is a keen runner, but says he wanted to raise as much money as possible to help out the MS society, and other people in the same situation as David.

He said: “I’m really proud of him because of the way he’s coped with being diagnosed with MS. A lot of people his age would try to ignore it but David’s embraced it and has tried to help others in the same situation through being involved with the MS society. I’m pretty much ready for the run and am looking forward to seeing all of my family cheering me on trackside.”

MS attacks the immune system and can result in a range of physical and psychiatric problems.

Since being diagnosed in 2009, David, of Kirk Sandall in Doncaster, has lost four stone and says he is healthier now than he was before. David, who previously weighed 16 stone, calls the diagnosis a ‘wake up call’, but says he wouldn’t have been able to get down to a healthy weight if it wasn’t for Rob, who was always encouraging him to go the gym.

He said: “I have Rob to thank for the weight loss.The doctors told me that I was overweight and Rob was there telling me to go out and get to the gym. Sometimes it’s really hard, and I do feel exhausted but having a positive attitude is the only way to get through it. I started getting involved with the MS society because I wanted to share that with other people in my situation.”

Despite his condition, David manages to juggle working three days a week at the family business, Sandall Car Care with Rob, and studying two days a week for an MA in Politics at the University of Sheffield. To sponsor Rob visit: www.justgiving.com/Rob-Bates1