This afternoon we welcome the supporters, officials and playing staff of Luton to the Abbey Stadium. Following the excitement of playing against and winning at Newcastle in the last round we have been rewarded with a home tie. For me the glamour and excitement of the FA Cup still holds a special place in my football heart. When I was young the draw was always held on a Monday dinner time and broadcasted live on the radio. There was real excitement when the numbers were being drawn and anticipation concerning who you be drawn against. I remember queueing for tickets along Newmarket Road and down Barnwell Road to get tickets for a match against Aston Villa. Now the draws are on TV and the tickets are sold on line it seems a bygone time.
It was of interest recently when I heard the news that Trevor George had been selected to play for the England Over 65s. Trevor nowadays works in the control box on matchdays and has been associated with the club since childhood. His father Albert played for both Abbey & Cambridge United up to the mid 1950’s. The Community Trust promote and organise the participation of sport across all ages. If you want to take part in any of these projects, contact them via 01223 632129 their line is open 9-5 Monday to Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret and Frank Pearson are volunteers who help Ian Darler at the club. I wonder if we can help them with their campaign to raise money and awareness concerning MNGIE – a rare genetic disorder (only 200 documented cases worldwide), They have written the following - It has affected our 3 daughters Gail, Zillah and Verity. Thankfully it has missed their son Owen.
There is currently no treatment and no cure. Gail died of pneumonia this time last year – we last stood with her in the Habbin at those Covid restricted games in December 2020. How she would have revelled in promotion!
Then this January, Verity contracted pneumonia. Her husband was already working behind the scenes, contacting medics, researchers and an enzyme manufacturing company in order to set up a trial treatment for Verity and Zillah based at St. George's Hospital, London. They have been given the go-ahead. But no funding. So, he needs to raise £500,000…….
He explains it all clearly on a JustGiving page he has set up, hoping to fund this treatment and people have responded well – we are very grateful to each and every one. However, it is such a huge amount that we really need all the help we can get. If you can't donate, could you possibly pass the link on to others please?
For anyone, like us, who uses real money and would like to donate, we still stand at the front of the Habbin and will pass any donations on to them.
Please help spread the word or make a donation via the justgiving page www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/compassionate-treatment-for-mngie?utm_id=1&utm_term=W5yPw3RVG
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