A FOOTBALL fan has raised nearly £9,000 for research into Motor Neurone Disease after his father was struck down by the devastating condition.
Peter Carson, aged 30, staged a special match at the Reebok Stadium on May 4, scoring the winning goal, before hosting a charity auction afterwards.
Then, on May 25, Mr Carson and girlfriend Vikki Hodkinson travelled to Salisbury to take part in a sky dive with dozens of other fundraisers for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND).
More than 30 supporters took the 15,000-feet plunge along with Mr Carson and are set to break the £50,000 fundraising barrier as a group.
Mr Carson’s father Mick, aged 53, has Motor Neurone Disease, a degenerative condition which stops people controlling their muscle movements.
He needs round-the-clock care from medical prof-essionals and his wife Angela as he cannot move, eat, cough or breathe without assistance.
Mr Carson said: “The match went down really well. As luck would have it I ended up getting the winning goal and the game ended 2-1. It was a fantastic moment.”
All 30 players paid £100 to take part and 450 people bought tickets, which enabled Mr Carson to cover the £4,000 Wanderers charged for use of the stadium.
Mr Carson and Miss Hodkinson have raised nearly £13,000 for MND. They were greeted by television presenter Zoe Ball after their latest event, the sky dive.
Miss Hodkinson said: “I’m afraid of heights and I was terrified before but I want to go back up and do it again now.”
Miss Hodkinson has arranged a fundraising cycle from London to Paris next year with a friend whose father has been diagnosed with MND.
To donate visit justgiving.com/peteandvikki