Rugby club raises money for Gwent children
3:14pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
Maisie Cooper is presented with cheque by rugby playerTom Crandon and club secretary Colin Wilks.Photo by John Hayes.
A GENEROUS rugby club has raised money to help to give two Gwent kids the chance to live life to the full.
Risca Rugby club raised £1,500, to help two year old Maisie Cooper and eight year old Aaron Stephens, who both suffer from separate muscular conditions, to walk unaided.
The money will go towards fundraising campaigns for the two children, Maisie Cooper - Steps to Hope and Aaron Stephens - Aaron's Heart Motor.
Maisie, of Crosskeys, suffers from spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, a condition which means that Maisie’s muscles tense up too much and she struggles with simple tasks such as sitting up and standing up.
While Aaron, of Risca was diagnosed with Duchennes four years ago, an aggressive type of muscular dystrophy where the muscles start wasting in legs and arms and then eventually heart.
Aaron will be on steroids forever and his life expectancy is approximately late teens.
The gentleman’s evening event held at the club on September 27, was attended by guest speaker, Wales & British Lion, Gerald Davis and comedian Phil Howe, featured a charity prize draw and auction of Brian Moore's signed shirt from the 1991 Grand Slam game that he played in for England.
This was followed by a signed, framed Lions shirt signed by Sam Warburton and Jonathan Davies.
The money was split between the two with funds going towards Maisie’s physio sessions to prepare her for the operation in America next February that could mean she could walk unaided.
While Aaron will received money to go towards his operation in America, where they will fit a motor into the heart, to give it a chance to keep going longer.
Colin Wilks, secretary of Risca Rugby club decided to raise money to help the children get treatment for their conditions.
Mr Wilks said: “We wanted to do a charity event and when we heard about the needs of the children we thought it would be nice to be a part of raising money for their cause.
“I arranged a gentleman’s evening with the club which raised £1,500.
“The event was supported by local businesses and saw comedian Phil Howe attend the charity dinner while a raffle and auction of a British Lion shirt signed by Jonathan Davies and Sam Wauberton.”
Aaron visited the club on October 15 where a cheque was presented by Captain Risca RFC Tom Crandon and Risca RFC secretary Colin Wilks who organised the event, and Maisie was presented with her cheque on October 16 at the club, to support her for her up and coming operation in the USA.
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