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Caring Addicks to auction memorabilia for sick boy

PUBLISHED: 16:21 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:37 25 August 2010

NO.1 FAN: Robby with coach Mark Robson and Charlton manager Alan Pardew.

NO.1 FAN: Robby with coach Mark Robson and Charlton manager Alan Pardew.

A CHAMPIONSHIP football team are holding an auction to buy a disabled fan a new wheelchair.

A CHAMPIONSHIP football team are holding an auction to buy a disabled fan a new wheelchair.

Charlton Athletic bosses are auctioning Addicks memorabilia including signed shirts, goalkeeping gloves and boots, to buy six-year-old Robby Ford new wheelchair costing £4,000.

Robby, who has Cerebral Palsy, comes from a family of Addicks fans and watches the team at every home match.

The Shenstone School student, who is unable to talk, relies on eye pointing and expressions to communicate.

His mother Dianne, 31, from Belvedere, said: "Sign language symbols are too difficult for him. He is easy to read if you know him but it is difficult for somebody who doesn't."

Robby wasn't pleased when he came home last Saturday after Barnsley beat Charlton 3-1, sending them into the relegation zone.

His mum said: "He just looks at you blankly when they lose. He understands the whole concept but physically he is not able to say what he wants to. But we can tell how he feels. We can tell if Charlton won because he has a big smile on his face."

Mrs Ford said Robby has 'dangerously' outgrown his current wheelchair and has been waiting for a new one after he went for a fitting in June.

The mother-of-three said: "We were gobsmacked when Charlton told us what they were doing.

"My husband, Iain just kept saying thank you.

"The NHS are giving us a bit of a run around and we are not in a financial position to spend thousands of pounds on one.

"Getting a new wheelchair means we don't have to manhandle him all the time, which he doesn't like. He gets to sit in comfort and travel in comfort. His wheelchair is his world because without it he can't access anything.

"He couldn't go to see Charlton play, walk his two dogs or go to school, which he loves."

Visit www.cafc.co.uk/auctions.ink to see the items which are being auctioned. Further items will be added in the next few weeks.

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