UTTOXETER MP Andrew Griffiths is used competing with the opposition in the House of Commons.
But he is now set to don his shorts and a pair of football boots to take part in a charity game to raise money for a worthy cause.
Mr Griffiths will back Kyreigh’s Kause at Rocester Football Club on August 24.
The fun day event has been organised by Uttoxeter mum Sasha O’Regan to help raise £65,000 for a vital operation in the US for her son, Kyreigh, who suffers from cerebral palsy.
Mr Griffiths admitted he is ‘no Wayne Rooney’ but he jumped at the chance to help the five-year-old secure surgery to remove faulty nerves.
The operation could save Kyreigh from life in a wheelchair.
Mr Griffiths said: “I’ve known Kyreigh and Sasha since she came to me a number of years ago for help getting him into nursery.
“Anyone who heard about Kyreigh’s story and saw the love and dedication in Sasha’s eyes would want to help this important cause.
“This operation could change this little boy’s life and any parent in Sasha’s situation would be doing the same.
“I hope Uttoxeter can take this little lad to their hearts and help him live a better life.”
Mr Griffiths said, by dusting off his boots for the first time in many years, he hopes to raise awareness of Kyreigh’s Kause.
He said: “I’m not Wayne Rooney or Steven Gerrard but I’ll try not make a fool of myself.
“I think the best way to put it is that, as a footballer, I make a great politician.
“Sasha’s suggested rolling subs so that might save me from exhaustion out there.
“I expect I’ll need a rub down and a hot bath after the game.”
Mr Griffiths said he was ‘disappointed’ Uttoxeter pubs missed out on a ‘World Cup pay day’ when England were knocked out.
He said: “The whole country was behind the team and we’ve now got the best facilities in the world at St George’s Park.
“It’s a shame that didn’t translate into success and what would’ve been a boost to trade in town if England had made the knock-outs.”
The fun day will also include a live band, stalls and a huge raffle with top prizes.
Collection pots are in Costa Coffee, the Old Swan, Picknalls First School and Emma’s Cook Shop and wrist bands are also on sale.
Miss O’Regan is still looking for businesses to house collection pots.
Anyone who can help or donate cash or raffle prizes is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations can be made via justgiving.com/KYREIGHSKAUSE or by texting ‘KRYE80 £’ and the relevant amount to 70070.