Meet the Team
Neil Adamson: Leicester
I was born in 1960 into a Christian home in Rugby, Warwickshire. I was the second of 3 children. We went to Rugby Evangelical Free Church although my mums parents and my dads 2 sisters were all Salvation Army so as a family we were all teetotal. We moved to Croft in Leicestershire in 1964 before moving into Leicester in 1966 where we settled into Knighton Evangelical Free Church, partly because the minister there had been our minister in Rugby.
I attended local schools where I did ok but was sometimes bullied especially because I was weak and a cry baby but also for my faith, having become a Christian when I was 11. At secondary school I took up athletics running cross country and at the age of 14 I took up 1500M. At the age of 16 I won the south Leicestershire area sports at 1500M. At 16 after achieving the equivalent of 4 O'Levels I went on to 6th form college where I first encountered Gasky. He used to rib me for my faith but he did listen to what I had to say to him. A friend and I tried to get Gasky to church but at that time it was not to be. At 6th form I continued to represent the school at 1500M and once went back to Rugby to compete in a meet at Rugby school. I left 6th form with the equivalent of 7 O'Levels. After leaving college Gasky and I lost contact. I reconnected with, the new, Gasky at St. Andrews Countesthorpe in 2002
In late 1978 I left the Free Church and went with a mate to a local Assemblies of God Church where I eventually met and married my wife Ruth on 3rd April 1982, the day after the Falkland's war started! We have 2 children David born in Sept 1987 and Joanna born in Feb 1989. We went through a lot of difficult times at the start of the 90's. On 25th October 1990 David (just 3years and 1 month old) had a defective Kidney removed.
In June 1979 straight after finishing my exams I started work at British Shoe Corporation working for 10 years in admin roles before going into IT. I was made redundant in Nov 2009 completing just over 30 years of continuous service
On 6th July 1991 I was rushed into hospital with pancreatitis (usually caused by heavy drinking or gall stones). On 25th July several cysts that had developed on my pancreas burst causing peritonitis from which I nearly died. Having been in agony all day I was taken down to surgery in the evening but not before my wife and older sister had been told by the surgeon that I might not make it. Through lots of prayer I came through the operation, spending 2 days in intensive care.. I was eventually discharged on 18th Sept only to return for a further week on 24th Sept. I finally returned to work in mid December of 1991. I was re-admitted early January for a further week but after that I steadily grew stronger. I would have to say that during that time in hospital I drew very close to God and drew upon him daily.
On 4th June 1992 we lost my father while we were on holiday in Dorset. Like many of the men before him in his family he died of a heart attack- he was only 62. Just after this David had a further operation before starting school in the September. He did not mix well and was aggressive at times. When he was 10 he was diagnosed with dyspraxia and then Aspergers Syndrome putting him on the autistic scale. He was diagnosed later with ADHD. He had anciliary help through school where academically he did really well especially with Maths and Music. He took the piano right through to grade 8 and he is on the music team at the church Gasky attends. Living with a child with learning difficulties has its daily challenges but even now he amazes us at times.
On 2nd June 2012 I gained a fabulous son in law Jonathan Edwards. Jo and Jonny were married in Sheffield where they both attended Hallam Uni and still live in Sheffield.
I am a part Gaskys MAFIA group and like him am a supporter of the mighty great escapers, Leicester City along with Tigers and the Leicestershire Foxes who finally won a county championship match this year, first time in 3 seasons!