TEENAGE footballer Kye Horn is putting his skills to the test in support of a fellow player struck down by a debilitating condition.
The 13-year-old was inspired to attempt a “keepy-uppy” feat by the bravery of friend Scott Bell, who has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND).
Money from the sponsored event, which saw the Farringdon School pupil kick the ball in the air 185 times without it touching the ground, will go to a fund set up in honour of the former semi-professional footballer.
Kye, from Doxford Park, said: “My target was 100 keepy-ups and to raise £100, but I did 185 and raised more than £200, which included money from a car boot sale.”
MND affects cells responsible for transmitting the chemical messages that enable muscle movements.
They become injured and subsequently die, which causes muscle weakness and wasting to develop.
The muscles of the hands, arms and legs are usually affected first.
In September, a music night will take place in support of the fund.
Jan Lawson, Kye’s mum, said: “Scott’s friends have come together to try to raise as much awareness as possible for MND and are trying to encourage as many people as possible to assist in fund-raising.
“Our family is also selling wrist bands in aid of the Scott Bell Fund and are in the process of arranging a charity evening.”
The Scott Bell Fund will donate 50 per cent of money raised to the MND Association and the remainder will be used to support the 32-year-old sufferer and his wife Louise.
“There are a few reasons I decided to set up the fund, the most basic was to try to raise money for research for the MND Association and then for myself and my wife if we need the money for pieces of equipment you can not get on the NHS,” said Scott, from Northumberland.
For more information about Kye’s fund-raising, visit www.empowered.org/kye-keepy-up or for tickets for the music night at the Masonic Hall, in Queen Street East, Sunderland, on September 24, email firstname.lastname@example.org For more details about the charity visit www.scottbellfund.com