A mum and businesswoman, Della Hudson, is sponsoring a celebrity football match to help raise funds for surgery so a young boy she knows – Oskar – who has severe cerebral palsy may walk.
Della, 46, will sponsor the football kits (see the natty pink footie kits in the pic above showing Della and the team) when ex Bristol City, Rovers and celebrities join forces to play in aid of six-year-old Oskar Pycroft (featured below).
The football legends, mixed with TV chefs and sporting names, will take on a team of donators in a bid to raise £50,000 needed for a private operation. Mum-of-two Della, who runs Hudson Accountants, said: Oskar’s story really moved me and I wanted to do something to help.
“This surgery could help Oskar walk and improve his quality of life. As a mum, I know I would do whatever I could to help my child.”
The move comes after lifelong City supporter Ross Simmons (below with Della) was inspired by Oskar to organise the match. And Ross, 31, who has already personally raised £1,500 for the cause, has been delighted with the response.
The DJ from Emersons Greens said:
“It’s great to see a local firm like Hudson Accountants getting involved in such a fantastic event. It will help raise much-needed funds and awareness to run the event.”
A surgery called Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is Oskar’s only chance to walk. It would also reduce the pain and spasticity in his legs. It is available on the NHS in Bristol, but consultants have said Oskar doesn’t meet their strict criteria – and going private costs £50,000.
The local celebrities are expected to include TV weatherman Alex Beresford, This Morning chef Dean Edwards, Somerset cricketer Peter Trego, boxer Danny Butler, Bristol rugby player Sean Marsden, Cockneys vs Zombies actor Ashley Thomas and X Factor boyband Overload.
Bristol City fan Della, who has played for ladies’ football teams, added: “I love football but I think it sometimes has a bad name. I think this match will show how it can bring people together in aid of a good cause. “It also promises to be a special day for Oskar and he will be the centre of attention.”
To date, over £30,000 has been raised for Oskar, who also has gastric reflux, asthma, occasional fits and also shows signs of autism.
Della, whose firm sponsored a charity match with Scott Murray’s All-Stars at Manor Farm last summer, hopes to auction the kits after the match and raise more funds for the cause.
And Ross is also taking part in a Zero to Hero boxing match, which involves an intense ten-week programme that culminates in a boxing bout in front of more than 1,000 spectators. It is set to take place at Bath University this summer.
The match will take place at Bristol Manor Farm’s Ground on Sunday, February 8. The kick off will be at 3pm and tickets are £3 on the gate.
For more information, call Ross on 079444 045 49 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To make a donation, visit https://www.justgiving.com/ross-simmons/
All photography by Flynn Guard