Son to hold football match at the Reebok Stadium in honour of his brave father

The Bolton News: Son to hold football match at the Reebok Stadium in honour of his brave father Son to hold football match at the Reebok Stadium in honour of his brave father

A FOOTBALL fan will take to the pitch at the Reebok Stadium later to raise awareness of the terminal illness which has struck down his father.

Peter Carson, aged 30, has organised a special match with about 30 of his friends at the home of Wanderers on Sunday, May 4.

With the cost of hiring the ground covered by Mr Carson and his pals, all funds raised will benefit Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND), a charity conducting crucial research into the rare condition which affects the nervous system.

His father Mick, aged 53, from Wesley Street, Westhoughton, has suffered from MND for more than six years.

The incurable condition often leaves him weak and struggling to speak, and he sometimes requires the use of breathing apparatus.

Mr Carson, also from Westhoughton said: “Dad should be at the match for at least some of it, which will be great.

“This is simply about trying to raise as much money as possible for MND.

“It is not an illness that gets as much attention as some so we really just want to make people more aware of it.”

Mr Carson, and his girlfriend Vikki Hodkinson, have been fundraising for MND for more than a year, and are almost a quarter of the way towards an ambitious target of £8,000.

In October 2014, the pair plan to complete a Trek in Africa for MND.

There is no cure for the disease and most people live for only three to four years once diagnosed.

Mick’s wife Angela said: “It started with pain in a leg just after he had had a hernia operation.

“Then it spread to his other leg, then his hands.

“Now he can move only his eyes and his head, and he doesn’t have a lot of control over his eyes even.

“We have two carers coming in a day.

“It is so frustrating for Mick when he can’t respond to a conversation or do a job because he used to a really lively, active person.”

MND has helped the Carson family pay to have Mick’s car adapted when he lost feeling in his legs and to install a “through-the-floor” lift.

The match kicks-off at 3pm and Mr Carson is also hosting a reception and charity auction afterwards at the Horwich RMI club.

Doors open from 7pm, and up to 300 guests will be able to bid on sporting memorabilia and enter a £5 raffle, with top prizes including an iPad mini and a 42-inch TV.

Tickets for the match and the evening are both £5 — £1.50 for concessions — and are available from Mr Carson on 07526615180.

To donate visit justgiving.com/peteandvikki.

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2:59pm Tue 25 Mar 14

limey redneck says...

BEARS AN UNCANY RESEMBLANCE TO JAMES MILNER OF MAN CITY!
BEARS AN UNCANY RESEMBLANCE TO JAMES MILNER OF MAN CITY! limey redneck
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10:49pm Tue 25 Mar 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

Your doing a great job mate I will try my best to be there and support you
Your doing a great job mate I will try my best to be there and support you steverock6@sky.com
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9:34pm Thu 27 Mar 14

NorthStandShez says...

Typing as one of the players in this match, it's a real honour to be involved in such a fantastic charity, and as the article says, an often overlooked one. Best of luck to everyone involved, and those who can support at the match or auction, please, please do so!
Typing as one of the players in this match, it's a real honour to be involved in such a fantastic charity, and as the article says, an often overlooked one. Best of luck to everyone involved, and those who can support at the match or auction, please, please do so! NorthStandShez
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9:49pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Big Stu says...

Looking forward to it lad. Will be a great day as well as a great honour.
Looking forward to it lad. Will be a great day as well as a great honour. Big Stu
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