THE manager of Skelmersdale Men-Aces disability football club is putting himself through a Tough Mudder challenge later this year to raise money for the team and the North West Blood Bikes.
Carl Eaton will experience the 12-mile course, which is served up with mud.
He said: “As most will know I am in a wheelchair through Spina Bifida and I am also a right leg amputee, so this is without a doubt going to be an incredibly difficult challenge.
“I will be really out of my comfort zone with this challenge, as well as out of my wheelchair chair! as I approach each obstacle and I will have to remove my prosthetic leg to get myself over and under the obstacles in my way.”
Carl will be motivated to complete the challenge by a local youngster, who has a rare condition called Cockayne Syndrome type 2.
Carl explained: “I’ve decided to support an adorable little 5-year-old girl from Upholland called Lily Mae, who has a very rare condition called Cockayne Syndrome (CS) type 2.
“Sadly this means that life expectancy is around seven years of age. Only 2 to 3 people per million worldwide will be affected by CS.
“I seriously wonder whether this enormous task is within my own capabilities and the chronic pain I experience on a daily basis is a real concern.
“My missus Miriam J Eaton will be doing it with me, and my son Carl Eaton will be coming home from Belfast to help to try and get me around the course.
“I'll also be enlisting the help of a couple of the Skem Men-Aces to get this unique frame over these enormous obstacles. Dates and venue will be released soon.
“Any support through donations, sponsorship or any assistance at all would be greatly accepted, as I am sure you will agree this is going to be one hell of a challenge for me.
“Please, your support means everything, not only to me but to everyone connected with the Menaces and more importantly little Lily.
“I fully accept that we have all faced difficult times but if you could spare a quid or two I would be forever grateful.”
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