A charity five-a-side match between the local police and young footballers from Aldercar has raised more than £1000 for a local boy to have an operation which could help him walk normally.
The Aldercar Youth football team, who are all aged between 15 and 21, challenged officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, response and licensing officers to a match to raise funds for Theo’s Wish to Walk.
The two teams managed to raise more than £1700 for the campaign which was set up to help Theo Hunt, a young boy from Underwood who has spastic diplegia and needs a special operation to increase the movement in his legs.
The game took place on Sunday, September 28 at Heanor Town Football Club and was organised by youth team player Daniel Waites, alongside PCSO Jenny Lorimer of the Safer Neighbourhood policing team in Langley Mill.
Talking to the Ripley & Henaor News in September Daniel, 20, said he took an immediate interest in Theo’s story.
He said: “Theo’s story really tugged at my heart strings. I wanted to do anything I could to help.”
PCSO Lorimer said: “It was a very close game with both teams working hard to gain the advantage, but finished with the police winning by one goal to nil.
“We’re so pleased with how well it went and how much we managed to raise, and I would like to thank everyone who took part.”
The game had originally been scheduled for Sunday, August 10 at the Charles Hill playing fields, but unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the poor weather.
Theo’s Wish to Walk campaign also has a Just Giving webpage, where you can find out more and donate online. Visit www.justgiving.com/theoswishtowalk.