Tournament helps disabled youngster

Emma Jobes with skippers Stephen Little (right) and Lee Chapman (left). Picture by Doug Moody Photography.
Emma Jobes with skippers Stephen Little (right) and Lee Chapman (left). Picture by Doug Moody Photography.

A football tournament organised by Wallsend FC helped raise hundreds of pounds for a disabled girl.

The event, held at the NCL Park football ground in Howdon, helped raise £800 for nine-year-old Emma Jobes, who suffers with cerebral palsy, and will allow her family to buy a piece of equipment.

The tournament was contested over ten days between 15 local teams including Northern Alliance Football League regulars Wallsend Town FC.

The final was between last year’s runner up Byker St Peters who lost out this time against Leamington Social.

Emma’s grandmother Issy said: “We have again been overwhelmed by people’s generosity which will improve Emma’s life on a daily basis.”

“The new piece of equipment, which is like a bean bag, will allow Emma to be nearer her friends when they see her.

“It is difficult for Emma to communicate with the outside world but she is able to show delight and this tournament, like last years, has been a real boost for her. It is wonderful that she been able to have a lovely evening out in her honour.”

Emma has already received a vital reclining chair valued at £3,200 after funds were raised last year by Newcastle Clinic, Wallsend Town FC, the Coast Congregational Church at Cullercoats, other individuals, businesses and through family raffles and cake stalls.

Wallsend Town FC manager Dave Grandini said: “I know Mickey and Issy and they have devoted their lives over the last nine years to Emma.

“The type of equipment that can improve Emma’s life does not come cheap so I am delighted that our sponsors Newcastle Clinic and ourselves have been able to contribute once again to a new piece of equipment.”

Shaun Fryer, managing director of tournament sponsor’s Newcastle Clinic, said: “We have continued sponsoring Wallsend Town FC as we believe that the work they do in providing opportunities to play and watch football is fantastic and provides a really positive outlet for anyone locally who loves football.

“Emma and her family have to contend with a great deal on a daily basis as a result of Emma’s disability but are always upbeat with a great outlook on life; we are only too happy to help in whatever way we can.”

Anyone wishing to contribute donations to Emma’s Fund should contact Mark Turnbull on or call James Barton 07955 227046.