September 29th, 2016

Community will pull together for Georgie

A CHARITY tug of war competition involving some of Worcester’s top sports stars is taking place to raise funds for a disabled city girl to have life-changing treatment.

Members from Worcester Warriors, Worcester Wolves and Worcester City, including city goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan and former Warrior Craig Gillies, are taking part in the ‘Tug 4 Georgie’ event this Sunday (November 8) at The Coventry Arms Pub in Upton Snodsbury.

All proceeds from the event will help three-year-old Georgie Gibbs from St John’s, who has Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy and needs extensive equipment, physio and life-changing surgery to assist her in taking her own safe and controlled, unaided steps.

Georgie’s mum, Clare Gibbs, is hoping to raise approximately £60,000 to allow her daughter to undergo treatment through either the NHS or in America.

“Georgie really needs an operation to reduce the tightness in her legs but NHS England will stop funding a trial for the procedure as of next year, meaning Georgie is stuck in limbo and it may force us to travel to America to have her treated,” said Mrs Gibbs.

“I have no idea how long I will have to wait until I find out where and when Georgie can have the operation and it’s very stressful, as my daughter is at further risk of deformity everyday that goes by,” she added.

The fund-raising tug of war event was organised by World Powerlifting Champion Gary Phillips, and will also host a barbecue, beer tent, live music, Jiu Jitsu, a penalty shootout competition and a giant raffle to pull the community together in support for little Georgie.

“Tug 4 Georgie will be a fun packed sports related day for the whole family,” said Mr Phillips.

“Support is extremely important because without the community becoming involved we can’t raise the funds that are so desperately needed.

“The people of Worcester have already proved themselves to be the salt of the earth donating prizes to be raffled for the day, and I feel privileged to be part of this community,” he added.

The fun day starts at midday.

Call The Coventry Arms on 01905 381177 to register a team in the tug of war event.

Visit www.facebook.com/groups/HelpGeorgie/1520597528231309 for more information on Georgie’s progress.

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