Soc­cer star backs the cam­paign to help Re­becca walk

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MACCLESFIELDBORN foot­ball star Peter Crouch is back­ing a cam­paign to help a dis­abled lit­tle girl to walk.

Wheel­chair-user Re­becca Carey was born with cere­bral palsy and her par­ents are try­ing to raise £80,000 to al­low her to have Se­lec­tive Dor­sal Rhi­zo­tomy surgery in the US af­ter be­ing de­nied the op here.

In­spired by the sev­enyear-old’s courage, the Stoke City player, 35, is invit­ing fans to a fundrais­ing event at which he will talk about his ca­reer.

And he met with Re­becca, her twin sis­ter Lot­tie and their mum Pam at The Bri­tan­nia Sta­dium ear­lier this month.

The Eng­land ace said: “I just felt I had to do some­thing.”

The fam­ily’s cam­paign has also won back­ing from na­tional news­pa­per The Mir­ror and gen­er­ous read­ers, friends and fam­ily have al­ready do­nated £48,000.

Among those who have helped are Jean Ridg­way and Rick Sherry from Mac­cles­field, who take Becca to and from school.

The pair, along with Becca’s fam­ily, were at Mac­cles­field Town FC’s home game against Guise­ley on April 16 where a bucket col­lec­tion raised £600.

Peter Crouch is of­fer­ing to help by host­ing a talk about his ca­reer for fans on July 8 with the aim of rais­ing the re­main­ing £52,000.

Re­becca’s mum Pam, aged 46, said: “The event has been put to­gether by the Stoke City Old Boys As­so­ci­a­tion. Terry Con­roy goes to the same church as my mum. He read the orig­i­nal ar­ti­cle in the Sen­tinel and put two and two to­gether and said ‘right, we are go­ing to sort some­thing out’. Then he came back to us and said he had some good news and Peter Crouch was go­ing to do a fund-raiser. We are eter­nally grate­ful to him.

“Peter has been amaz­ing. We met him and he was won­der­ful.”

The Se­lec­tive Dor­sal Rhi­zo­tomy surgery should help dras­ti­cally im­prove Re­becca’s qual­ity of life.

Pam said: “Though Becca can walk in a frame, with a sling, and can roll and move around on the floor she has to be hoisted in and out of equip­ment when she is at school. She can only at­tend a main­stream school with her sis­ter three days a week, she has to go to a spe­cial school the other days.

“We can’t thank Peter enough. It re­ally means the world to us.”

Tick­ets are from john@ rug­giero. or do­nate at just­giv­ing. com/bec­ca­swish­towalk

●● Cas­sia features: Robert El­lis (right) on vo­cals and guitar, Lou Cot­ter­ill (left) on bass and Ja­cob Leff on drums (cen­tre)

●● Peter Crouch with seven-year-old Re­becca Carey

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