A CELEBRITY football match sponsored by mum and businesswoman has raised thousands of pounds to help fund for surgery so a boy with severe cerebral palsy may walk. Della Hudson, of Hudson Accountants – pictured in this story’s feature pic – sponsored the football kits when ex Bristol City, Rovers and celebrities joined forces to play in aid of six-year-old Oskar Pycroft.
The football legends, mixed with TV chefs and sporting names, took on a team of donators to raise £2,500 towards the cost of a private operation. The celebrity team beat the Rosco Rangers, the donators, with a 6 – 2 score. Mum-of-two Della, 46, said: “We had a great day and were lucky with the weather. “It was lovely to see so many people turn out to support Oskar. His story has really moved me and as a mum, I know I would do whatever I could to help my child.”
The move came after lifelong City supporter Ross Simmons was inspired by Oskar to organise the match.And Ross, 31, who has already personally raised around £2,000 for the cause, said the funds will help a worthy cause.The DJ said: “I’m really grateful to everybody who came to play in the match or support it. I also really appreciate sponsors, such as local firm Hudson Accountants, getting so involved.“Oskar’s such a brave boy and his story has touched so many people. There’s still a long way to go, but the money raised will go towards helping Oskar get the surgery he needs.”
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 match at Bristol Manor Farm’s Ground on Sunday [February 8] included local celebrities such as This Morning chef Dean Edwards, Somerset cricketer Peter Trego, Cockneys vs Zombies actor Ashley Thomas and X Factor boyband Overload.
Bristol City fan Della, who has played for ladies’ football teams, added: “It was lovely to see a football match bring so many people together, even former rivals. It was a good game.” Della, whose firm sponsored a charity match with Scott Murray’s All-Stars at Manor Farm last summer, auctioned some of the kits after the match. To date, nearly £38,000 has been raised for Oskar, who also has gastric reflux, asthma, occasional fits and also shows signs of autism. 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. For more information about Ross’ challenge or to make a donation to Oskar’s cause, visit : https://www.justgiving.com/ross-simmons/