Rome running

PUBLISHED: 01:01 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 10 June 2010

AN Italian job raising funds for triplets with cerebral palsy will see a pair of Exmouth tradesmen swap tool belts for trainers to run the Rome marathon. Six-year-old trio Jamie, Dean and Ross Beswick joined Lympstone Primary this year and have not let

AN Italian job raising funds for triplets with cerebral palsy will see a pair of Exmouth tradesmen swap tool belts for trainers to run the Rome marathon.Six-year-old trio Jamie, Dean and Ross Beswick joined Lympstone Primary this year - and have not let the constraints of life with cerebral palsy hold them back.Now builder Bob Garbutt and plumber Richard Turner - whose wife Annemarie looks after the triplets at Lympstone - have hatched a plan to help raise cash for their expensive equipment, with a daring Italian job.The pair, both members of the Exmouth Christian Fellowship, head out to Rome today to compete in Sunday's marathon, after deciding to undertake the 26-mile run over a bottle of wine.Richard, 42, of Ryll Grove, will use his experience of six marathons to guide first-timer Bob round the course.Pastor Bob, 45, of Withycombe Village Road, has been held up in training after discovering he had a small fracture in his lower leg, but remains confident. He said: "I've wanted to do a marathon since I was in a road accident a while ago, and Rome was the only marathon we could enter this year. "We have done international fundraising before, but we wanted a local project and this gives us a personal touch."The triplets, from Exmouth, will go full-time at Lympstone Primary next year - and currently spend three days a week there, and two at the Vranch House facility for children with physical difficulties in Exeter.Their carers, Mrs Turner, Kim Cleverdon and Kate Hannah, say the boys have coped well at school. Jamie and Ross use mobility aids, while Dean requires an expensive wheelchair. The marathon could also help fund a special laptop to help the triplets' learning.Mrs Turner said: "They have learning and physical difficulties, and even things like getting to assembly and eating lunch are very hard for them, but they have a really cheerful disposition."They're always happy, and it is beneficial to the other pupils too, and brings out their caring side."Bob and Richard would welcome any sponsorship - with every penny they raise going directly to the triplets. Any readers able to help can contact Mrs Turner at Lympstone School on (01395) 266580, or call Bob Garbutt on (01395) 224067.

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