Gracie's Goal fundraiser at 1874 Northwich
Wed 8th March 2017 | 1874 Northwich | By Ian Templeman
1874 Northwich are arranging a fundraising event in conjunction with Runcorn Linnets at the game between the sides at St Luke's Barton Stadium this coming Saturday 11th March.
The event has been organised by 1874 in support of their goalkeeper Greg Hall, who is raising funds for a little girl called Gracie.
Spectators at recent 1874 Northwich games will have noticed Greg wearing a rather natty blue bandana during games.
Greg, who is a teaching assistant at St Cuthbert’s School in Withington, Manchester explained: “I am wearing a bandana in every game until the end of the season in support of a little girl called Gracie at the school where I work.
“She has terminal cancer, and I put £10 into the collection jar at school every time I play in a bandana.”
Gracie McCall is a 5 year old girl from Withington who for the 2nd time in her life is battling AT/RT, a rare type of brain tumour.
Gracie was diagnosed in January 2014 with a very rare aggressive brain tumour at the age of two. Only about five children a year are diagnosed with Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumour in the UK and survival rates are about ten percent - often because children cannot survive tough treatment.
She had surgery to remove the tumour and then had radiotherapy at the Christie, which involved a general anaesthetic every day for a month. In addition she had chemotherapy and was on antibiotics to ward off serious infections.
Gracie’s treatment ended in July 2014 when she was finally given the all clear by doctors at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
But a routine check-up in October 2015 revealed that Gracie now had three new tumours on her brain and spine.
Once 1874 Northwich supporters realised what was behind Greg’s bandana, the word soon got out via social media, and fellow club Runcorn Linnets were soon in touch, offering their help and support for Greg’s fundraising.
As a result of this, the two clubs will be joining forces at the game on Saturday, and a joint collection will be arranged.
1874 will be offering the iconic Blue Bandanas to supporters in return for a £2 donation to Greg’s fundraising efforts, and also organising a half time collection in conjunction with Runcorn Linnets.
The proceeds will be presented to Greg, to be added to his generous support of Gracie's family during this difficult time.
Anyone unable to attend the game who wishes to make a donation can do so, by clicking here.
Please mark your donation Greg’s Blue Bandana.
If you would like to follow Gracie's story, you can find out more on Facebook at Gracie's Goal.
Greg is pictured in his bandana receiving the December Premier Division Goalkeeper of the Month award from League representative Ian Williams in January.