Keen amateur footballers from Wyre Forest District Council will be kicking off in a charity soccer match to raise vital funds to help a colleague’s child.
Staff from the council’s waste and parks and open spaces teams will face each other on the pitch at Wilden Sports Club on Saturday 30 July in the hope of raising money to buy a specially adapted chair for Megan “Meggie” Ford.
Meggie - the daughter of waste minimisation officer Jo Ford – was born with a rare disorder which means she can’t sit or stand unaided. Earlier this month the family launched a campaign to purchase a special chair to help transform the toddler’s life.
The Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children has pledged more than £300 towards the full cost of buying the seat, called a P-Pod and friends, family and well wishers are now fund raising to find the rest
Meggie’s mum Jo said: “At the moment Meggie has to be held all the time or placed on the floor at home but with Megan’s twin brother Oliver and older siblings six-year-old Hayden, seven-year-old Ethan and 13-year-old sister Nicole to take care of, this is not ideal.
“We have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity since our appeal was featured in the local press. I would like to thank everyone, especially all my colleagues at Wyre Forest District Council for all their fund raising efforts.”
Meggie has a rare chromosome disorder called Trisomy 9 Mosaic and needs to be tube fed as she can’t swallow safely and needs oxygen at night or when she is unwell as she has respiratory difficulties.
She also has learning difficulties, fused kidneys, a hole in the heart, a severe curvature of the spine and has hearing and sight difficulties.
Cabinet member for operational services Cllr Ian Hardiman said: “I think it’s great that Jo’s colleagues are supporting such a worthwhile appeal. I hope everyone has a great time and they succeed in raising lots of money towards the cost of the seat.”
The family has set up a Facebook page 'Megan; Trisomy 9 Mosaic Star' for updates about Meg. They have also set up a Go Fund Me page to help raise funds for the P-Pod.
Photograph shows Sarah Williams from Wilden Cricket Club (who has let the family use the space for the match and will be organizing a BBQ, bouncy castle and more), Adam Stockhall, WFDC Place Co-ordinator, Danny Kealey, WFDC Waste Operative and Mark Brown WFDC Waste Team Leader and referee with Meggie.