ON MONDAY afternoon the WHAM! Stadium will show its appreciation for brave young cancer victim Charlie Procter as he leads out his beloved Accrington Stanley
Charlie will be the guest of honour and will have his name and picture up on the brand-new scoreboard before leading the team out for a crunch fixture with Crawley Town.
Charlie will be able to soak up the atmosphere before the crunch game against Crawley Town as he is led out to the centre circle by Stanley forward Billy Kee.
Accrington Stanley Manager, John Coleman, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have young Charlie here on Monday. It’s wonderful that he’ll get the chance to lead the team out; it’s just a shame it has to be under such tragic circumstances. We thought it was important to do our bit to raise the awareness of Charlie’s condition, he’s local lad and we like to help out in our own community as much as we can – and hopefully he can help us with the result on Monday. I would encourage people to get down to the WHAM! Stadium and show their support for Charlie and also to visit his giving page and donate whatever they can to what is a very worthy cause.”
Charlie, of Lion Street, Church, has undergone 22 gruelling rounds of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with a rare condition only found in young children, Hepatoblastoma, in his liver in February 2016.
His chances of survival will be reduced significantly if he cannot travel to the United States for treatment currently unavailable in the UK.
Charlie’s mum, Amber Schofield, 23, and Ben Procter, 27, have campaigned tirelessly to raise funds and awareness to save their beloved son.
Amber said: “I would like to thank Accrington Stanley for giving us the opportunity to put my brave little boy front and centre before the game. Everything we can do to bring attention to Charlie’s illness helps and I would like to think that a few generous people may be inspired to donate to his cause after this. We are a way away from our target but it is true every little does help.”
Treatment in the United States is expected to cost over £315,000 with current donations at an already impressive £99,000.
Monday’s game will be discounted to encourage non-season ticket holders to get down and show their support. It will be £15 for adults, £10 for students, over 65s and those with disabilities and £5 for under 12s.
Also, to add to the occasion, Accrington Stanley Football Club will be providing Easter Eggs – kindly donated by Albert Harrison and Co Ltd in Accrington – for all under 12s – subject to availability.
If you would like to contribute to Charlie’s treatment visit Charlie’s Chapter on Facebook.