West Hartlepool lads raise hundreds of pounds with run for Ellie Mae

West Hartlepool Rugby Club Under 15s taking part in the run at Summerhill.
West Hartlepool Rugby Club Under 15s taking part in the run at Summerhill.

KIND-HEARTED rugby players are set to have raised hundreds of pounds to make the life of a disabled Hartlepool teenager more comfortable.

Members of West Hartlepool’s Under 15 squad ran several times around Summerhill Country Park in aid of brave Ellie Mae Morgan.

Ellie Mae, 15, has Juvenile Huntington’s Disease, a rare genetic disorder which is gradually damaging her brain.

Her brother Richard plays for West Hartlepool Rugby Club’s Under 15s team and the family approached them for support as part of a series of fundraising activities to help Ellie Mae.

Team coach Mick Siddle said: “We were asked if we would like to do some fundraising for Ellie Mae and a sponsored run was suggested.

“We decided it was a good idea and it is a really worthwhile cause.

“The kids enjoyed themselves and we hope to have raised between £300 and £400.”

The money will help to pay for a new hydrotherapy pool that has been bought for Ellie Mae at home.

It is a big help for muscle spasms that seize up Ellie Mae’s body.

Fundraising is also ongoing with supporters to help pay for a canopy and heaters as the cold weather approaches as the pool is outside.

Ellie Mae has sadly rapidly deteriorated since she was diagnosed by Newcastle’s Centre for Life in March last year.

She is now totally dependant on parents Sam Morgan and Richard Carter and cannot walk unaided.

Ellie Mae is one of only about 100 young people in the UK who has Juvenile Huntington’s Disease and tragically has a life expectancy of between five and 10 years.

A sponsored walk by Pathways to Independence in Hartlepool, who help care for her raised around £1,000 in August.

And last month, dozens of supporters completed a sponsored walk from Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience to Seaton Carew.