Reebok Stadium, Bolton – On May 18th Hearts and Minds Charity will be hosting a charity football match, ‘Paul Scholes’s XI VS Wimbledon’s Crazy Gang’, in order to raise funds for the charity based in Manchester that supports families of children who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The charity event will include the players, Vinnie Jones, John Fashanu, Terry Phelan, Paul Scholes, Dwight Yorke, Bryan Robson and Andy Cole.
The idea was formed by Paul Scholes and John Fashanu, both of whom are Patrons of the charity, while sat around a dining table one afternoon.
‘They discussed living with a child who has autism. Both parents talked of good days and bad, struggles and joys but what was prevalent throughout was their desire to help families who have been touched by autism and are struggling to manage their situation.’Herats and Minds
Paul Scholes has chosen his ream from Manchester and further afield and will be taking on the ‘Wimbledon Crazy Gang’ from the 1980’s & 90’s
Terry Phelan, who will be taking part in the football match said:
“I’m really excited about getting on board with the Crazy Gang reunion and playing against Paul Scholes XI. I think there will be a lot of old fans out there who will be wanting to see this match and we will put on a good show for them. There’s still a competitive streak in us all so it will be great for people to watch. At the forefront though is the fact we are helping out Hearts and Minds Challenge, a charity which does amazing work to help families with autism in the UK.”
Cheryl Broadfoot who is the charity’s events coordinator told Autism Daily Newscast that after she gave a speech at the Hearts and Minds Charity event at Haydock races last summer about her personal experience of Autism and the daily struggles that her son Bobby 8 faces she never realised the impact that it would have.
“I could feel the emotion in the room as I finished and the offers of help came pouring in. All of which I will be eternally grateful for. The most surprising offer came from John Fashanu, who instantly offered to help Hearts and minds in any way he could. He offered his services as an ambassador and then the idea of getting the crazy gang back together. I thought it was a pie in the sky idea and would never happen.”
“Why would these famous and important people want to help? But John and Terry being the honourable gentlemen they are came through on their promise and have worked hard getting the team together to help make this dream become a reality.“
Sheryl told us that not only will the event raise much needed funds to help more families with autism and heart defects but it will also help to raise more awareness on the issues that families face daily.
John Fashanu adds:
“I first heard Cheryl give a speech at a charity night at Haydock races. Her story about her son Bobby touched all our hearts and made me want to help in any way I could. I think there are still a lot people unaware of the struggle families with autism face on a daily basis and hopefully with this charity football match we will not only raise money for a great cause but also highlight the issue.”
Cheryl told us that the more awareness that can be raised then the better this is to help stop the stigma you can feel from the general public when you are a parent of a child with autism.
Paul Scholes’s XI VS Wimbledon’s Crazy Gang football match will take place on Sunday May 18th 2014 at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.
For more information about the event and to purchase tickets please go to the Hearts and Minds website here