Sussex Cricket Foundation has presented two-year-old Charlie Fielding with a cheque for £707 to help pay for the latest round of treatment for his rare illness.
The money was raised from supporters’ donations at last season’s T20 Blast match against Essex Eagles on 18th August, following an appeal from Sussex mascot, Sid the Shark.
Charlie, who lives in Angmering with his family, became paralysed from the waist down when he was just 18 months old as a result of a rare condition known as a Spinal Arteriovenous Malformation. He relies on regular physiotherapy to promote his health and development.
Sid the Shark is spending the winter in warmer waters resting-up ahead of next season, so wasn’t able to hand over the cheque himself at The 1st Central County Ground last week. In Sid’s absence, Sussex’s Director of Cricket, Keith Greenfield, performed the presentation duties.
Charlie’s dad, Jamie Fielding, received the cheque on Charlie’s behalf and expressed his gratitude to Sussex Sharks supporters for their generosity: “We really want to say a massive thanks to Sussex Cricket Foundation and all the fans who supported Charlie’s fundraising.
“The money will go towards his ongoing physio needs which are making a huge difference to his day-to-day life”.
Sussex Cricket Foundation’s Administrator, Steve Pickup, who coordinated the collection added: “Sussex Cricket Foundation are proud to support Charlie Fielding, a hugely inspirational young boy whose an important member of the Sussex Family.
“We wish Charlie and his family all the very best for the future and look forward to watching his progress”.
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