AN INSPIRATIONAL blind footballer has thanked a local company who have helped ensure his two biggest fans will be on the sidelines cheering him on.
Lee Brunton is gearing up to represent Team GB at the Paralympics, which start later this month in London.
Ever since the 18-year-old started playing football eight years ago, his mother Carol has been on the sidelines supporting him.
But due to the hefty travelling expenses, Carol never thought she would be able to see Lee play in the five-a-side tournament in London.
Now, P&G (Procter & Gamble) employees have stepped in with an £870 donation from its Employees Charities Fund (ECF) to help Carol and her husband Steven’s costs.
Carol said: “I really am so grateful to P&G.
“Getting to London is so expensive and I would have ended up in a lot of debt trying to make it down.
“I’m so proud of Lee and absolutely over the moon that I will be able to watch him play.
“It feels fantastic to know I’ll be there cheering him on.”
Lee – who also plays for the England Blind team – has been visually impaired since birth and blind since the age of 12.
He visited P&G’s Cobalt site on Wednesday to thank employees before packing his bags to travel down to the Olympic Village next week.
His first match will be against Spain at 3.30pm on Friday, August 31.
He said: “I have always loved football and I am so excited to be competing in this year’s Paralympic Games.
“I only found out that I was chosen for the team in April so it has all be a bit of a whirlwind.
“At the moment I don’t feel nervous but I’m sure it will hit me when I walk out onto the pitch and hear the crowds screaming. I’m just so pleased to know that thanks to P&G my mum and dad will be sitting there watching.”
Anne Perrin, chair of P&G’s ECF, said: “When we heard about Carol’s situation we were over-the-moon to be able to help financially.
“It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the family and I hope they all have a fantastic time.”