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Exeter City fans raise over £600 for charity and Paralympic footballer

November 11, 2011

A bucket collection at Exeter City’s recent home game against Huddersfield has raised over £600 for disability charity St Loye’s Foundation and Exeter based GB blind footballer Keryn Seal.

Keryn Seal (right) receives cheque from Phil Roberts

 The money has been split 50/50 between St Loye’s and Keryn, who has just returned from the IBSA European Championship in Turkey with a bronze medal and is expected to be in the squad for the London 2012 Paralympics.

Keryn Said: “I really appreciate the support from the fans as the money will help me with coaching costs, equipment and travel expenses and improve my chances of making the squad for London 2012.”

Keryn is a supremely talented blind sportsman who has represented England and Wales at both football and cricket. Losing his sight in 2004 has not deterred him from working towards reaching his goal of being the best blind footballer in the world.

St Loye’s, which celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2012, will use the funds to continue to train, support and improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Volunteers from EDF Energy, Exeter CVS and St Loye’s paraded around St James’ Park and found the fans in a generous mood.

St Loye’s Foundation has supported Keryn in the past, with the charity presenting a £200 cheque to him to pay for his travel to a European Blind Football competition in Germany in March of this year and is currently helping him to get bookings from businesses for inspirational talks and blind football demonstrations. Please contact Phil Roberts on 01392 255428 or fundraising@stloyes.ac.uk for more details.

For more information about St Loye’s Foundation click here.

 

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