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Non-League Day is Hudson’s Day!

Non-League Day, 23-03-2024 badgeThis weekend sees Erith Town lock horns with Whitstable Town FC in Non-League Day on Saturday 23rd March. With the International Break impacting the professional game’s schedule, Non-League Day is a day where season ticket holders of EPL and EFL clubs and football fans everywhere are encouraged to get down to their local football club and show support for the game at a grassroots level. Bring your current season ticket down with you and you get entry for a fiver and kids get in for free!

At Erith Town, not only would we love to see as many fans down for this game as we can, but we are also dedicating this fixture as a fundraiser for Hudson, the young son of Dockers’ player, Calum McGeehan who at a young age was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Hudson McGeehan Hudson McGeehan

Speaking of his son’s diagnosis and what it meant for the family, Calum said, “Just before his second birthday, Hudson was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. At that time his future was unpredictable; he was not meeting his developmental milestones and we had no idea what to expect. We were told quite frankly that he would never walk unaided and would rely on a wheelchair most of the time.

In February 2020, at the age of four, Hudson was fortunate to qualify for life changing SDR surgery at GOSH. They were able to cut fibres in his spinal cord to remove much of his spasticity in his legs. Since the surgery, he has required regular specialist treatment and equipment, both fundamental for him to continue to make progress. It’s necessary for him to have: 3/4 physiotherapy sessions a week; regular two-week intensive block therapy courses; adapted footwear and specifically modified splints, all of which are not available on the NHS. Each year, his treatment totals around £12,000.

We are not naïve to the fact that he is likely to need further surgeries and there will be setbacks, but through our fundraising efforts, we have been able to provide him with the most incredible chance at smashing through so many barriers, which once prevented him from being able to do so many things we take for granted. He can now walk unaided without falling every few steps, jump, dance, kick a ball, and hop on his right foot!

The McGeehan Family

We hope by sharing Hudson’s story we can continue to raise awareness for cerebral palsy as well as give him as many opportunities as we can to ‘live his his best life’ as he would say!

For Saturday’s game, we will be having bucket collections throughout the game with all moneys raised going towards Hudson’s fundraising target. Along with this, the match day competition will see 50% of the proceeds go to the target.

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