‘999 family’ rally round to help crippling disease victim firefighter Gary

THE ‘999 family’ has turned out in force to raise money for Leek firefighter Gary Bowcock who has been struck down by motor neurone disease.

Football teams representing the West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service yesterday (July 29) engaged in a charity football match in support of a fund set up aimed at raising around £10,000.

The money is needed to specially adapt Gary’s home to help him cope with the crippling illness for which there is no cure.

The initial plan is to transform Gary’s garage into a downstairs wet room and bedroom.

Gary’s debilitating condition is already limiting his ability to talk and walk. He will now have to face life in a wheelchair. 

More than £800 was raised at the football match staged at Wellbeing Park, Yarnfield, which is the home of Stone Dominoes FC.

Matt Harrison, who helped to organise the game, said: “He [Gary] is one of our 999 family and we want to do all we can to help him.”

More than £5,000 has already been raised for the fund through a variety of fundraising activities. 

Gary (left) pictured in happier times while on active duty with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.