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AITC CHRISTMAS APPEAL

23 December 2015


Albion in the Community (AITC) is asking Brighton & Hove Albion fans to help make one of its participants’ Christmas dreams come true.

AITC runs dozens of disability sport sessions throughout Sussex, helping hundreds of people take part in sport, like George Holloway-Bartle.

The 15-year-old from West Sussex has recently begun attending AITC's powerchair football sessions which, according to his dad, have had a hugely positive impact on him.

The cost of a powerchair is expensive and AITC is only able to provide a small number of chairs for people to use when they begin sessions.

For George to continue playing he needs a special sports powerchair, so AITC is making the teenager the subject of its annual Christmas fundraising appeal – with the hope that Albion fans will donate towards the £4,225 cost of a new chair.

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George's dad, Matthew Bartle, explained, it would make a huge difference to his son’s life.

He said: "George was born prematurely and everything was fine until he was four months old and he started having seizures.
 
"He went through a really tough time for a few years. He had an operation which stopped the seizures but left him with profound weakness down his right side and he needs a wheelchair to get around.

"Doing sport with AITC has energised him because he plays with people his own age. He has friends and it has put him on more of an even keel from a social perspective.

"He loves contributing to a team – it isn't something he has ever been able to do before. He scored a goal the other week and he was so pleased he couldn't stop talking about it.

"The other players have happily accepted George. They are a bunch of teenagers having fun for two hours a week doing normal teenage stuff.

"He's never had an interest in sport until now. I took him to his first match at the Amex recently and he absolutely loved it."

There are a number of rewards on offer for people who donate specific amounts, including shirts, match tickets and places on AITC soccer schools.

To donate to AITC's fundraising campaign and help make George’s wish come true, visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/a-power-chair-for-george.

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