Charity football match

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A FUNDRAISING charity football match and evening is set to take place to help a young boy with muscular dystrophy.

Hartlepool man Raymond Liddell, 25, has rounded up his mates for the football match on Wednesday, January 15, at Grayfields Recreation Ground, off Jesmond Gardens, in Hartlepool, and a charity night on the evening.

It is all in aid of little Leon Robinson, aged two-and-a-half, who suffers with muscular dystrophy, a condition that gradually causes the muscles to weaken which leads to an increasing level of disability.

The charity night is to be held at Rovers Social Club, in Easington Road, Hartlepool, after the football match, starting from 7pm.

There will be a DJ, raffle and sweet stalls, and people interested in going along can also go in fancy dress if they wish.

All of the funds raised will go towards the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and towards setting up a fund for Leon, which will be used in future if he needs walking aids or back braces.

The youngster lives with his mum, Kay Robinson, 20, who Raymond is friends with.

Unemployed Raymond, a former Dyke House pupil, from the Hart Lane area of town, said: “I am hoping to raise £500 from the night, which would be great.”

Tickets for the charity night cost £5 a ticket or £7.50 for a family ticket and £1 for children.

Muscular dystrophy is a progressive condition which often begins by affecting a particular group of muscles.