Grantham footballers take on challenges to support ex-Harrowby United player who has cancer

Karl Bullimore with his daughters Karla and Kelly.
Karl Bullimore with his daughters Karla and Kelly.
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Footballers will take on two very different challenges on Sunday (July 24) to help a former Harrowby United player who has a rare form of cancer.

Former Gingerbreads players Adrian Speed and Dennis Rhule will take their Grantham Legends to play a Harrowby United line-up at United’s Environcom Stadium, in Harrowby Lane, to raise money for Karl Bullimore, who was diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer last year.

To coincide with the match, another former Harrowby player, Paul Durham, will undertake the first of 50 10k runs to be run every day, ending with the Great North Run on September 11.

Karl’s family are trying to raise about £50,000 to pay for his treatment and research into the disease. NHS drugs are unlikely to be able to help Karl so the family have approached a doctor in London who has prescribed more effective drugs, but these are expensive.

Paul, 62, of Lime Grove, Grantham, says it was a coincidence that the Great Northern Run fell on the 50th day. He was already signed up to take part and so, although it is a half marathon and not a 10k race, it will be his 50th run for Karl.

Paul played alongside Karl at Harrowby United and they were in Grantham Swimming Club together.

Looking forward to his fund-raising challenge, Paul said: “It will take me out of my comfort zone.”

Paul urged people to make donations through the family’s website funding page.

The match kicks off at 1.30pm, but the gates open earlier for a day of family fun.

To make a donation to the Bullimore family’s fund-raising campaign, go to