ROCESTER Football Club is getting behind a fund-raising campaign that could spare a little boy from life in a wheelchair.
Uttoxeter mum Sasha O’Regan has launched Kyreigh’s Kause for her five-year-old son, who suffers from cerebral palsy.
She needs to raise £65,000 to take Kyreigh to the US for an operation to remove faulty nerves.
Without the surgery, which is almost impossible to secure in the UK, Kyreigh may be permanently wheelchair-bound as his condition deteriorates.
Miss O’Regan has already arranged American-themed fancy dress events at the Old Swan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a one-mile swim at Denstone College on July 12, a sponsored walk around JCB lake on August 23 and a sponsored skydive.
And now the 24-year-old has secured the support of football club bosses in Rocester, who have agreed to loan out their facilities for a fund-raising fun day on August 24.
The event takes place at Rocester Football Club and will feature a huge charity football match featuring players from Uttoxeter Dominoes, the Old Talbot and dads of Picknalls pupils.
There will also be a live band, a bar, food, a bouncy castle, stalls and face painting.
Miss O’Regan said: “I am still amazed by the generosity of everyone and cannot put into words what it means.
“I spend my days and nights checking emails and his just giving page and I see the target slowly moving up and my inbox filling with offers of help or events.
“I just know we can do this. The local community has been brilliant.”
Since Kyreigh’s Kause was launched, the Picknalls pupil has enjoyed widespread press coverage, including an appearance on BBC Radio Derby.
Miss O’Regan said: “Kyreigh has loved being in the paper and on the radio.
“It was lovely that he got to share that experience with his big sister and she is being involved in the process too.
“He keeps hugging me and saying ‘thank you mummy for helping get the pennies for my legs’.
“But I think, until it happens, it wont sink in for him as he lives with the daily reality.
“The 24/7 pain, the physio and the need for help still remains.
“Every day he asks me if we have enough to make his legs better yet and I say ‘no, not yet, but we will and I have pinky promised him it will happen.”.”
Raffle prizes at the football club event include two Derby County tickets, a Port Vale signed shirt, Maize Maze adventure farm tickets and salon vouchers.
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.