Charity football match to raise money for brave firefighter

LEEK firefighter Gary Bowcock is suffering from a life-limiting, aggressive form of Motor Neurone Disease.

He is facing this with the utmost dignity and courage.

Gary’s fire service colleagues and friends are undertaking numerous fund raising events – including organising a charity football match.

This will involve the West Midlands Ambulance Service playing Staffs Fire and Rescue Service at Wellbeing Park, Yarnfield, near Stone, on Sunday, July 29 (kick off 2pm).

Gary has served as a firefighter for 29 years and has always been extremely fit and healthy, often cycling or even running the 10-mile journey to work and regularly playing golf.

He was diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease in October last year – a terrible debilitating condition. It is a rare condition that only affects 1 in 50,000 people and causes muscles to waste and die.

The immediate task is to convert the garage at Gary’s home to a downstairs toilet, wet room and bedroom.