The club have recently learned of the terrible news that the son of former player Tommy Spurr is suffering from a rare cancer.
Tommy’s three-year-old son Rio was sadly diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour in April this year and has since undergone weeks of chemotherapy.
Rio has also had surgery to remove his kidney, but will now have to undergo more intense chemotherapy and radiotherapy which requires more time in hospital as a result of the surgery’s findings.
Both Tommy and his wife Chloe have had to significantly reduce their working hours to care for Rio and his younger brother Rudy, and they now need the help of the football family during this difficult period.
Following the club's matchworn shirt auction this month, the club held discussions with PNE-Online and North End Soul who have kindly donated a percentage of the funds raised through the auction to support the Spurr family while Rio receives treatment.
If any other supporters still wish to show their support for the family in their care for Rio, you can donate via the GoFundMe page by clicking here.
We are so overwhelmed and blown away by the support and kindness we have been shown since we shared the news about Rio. Thank you to every single person who has sent messages and donated to the go fund me page. We appreciate everything and we couldn’t be more grateful❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/ZdIi63tIN4— Tommy Spurr (@TommySpurr5) June 30, 2022
The club will continue to liaise with Tommy and share fund raising events held to support the family on our channels in the coming weeks, as and when these are confirmed.
The thoughts and best wishes of everyone at the club are with Rio and the Spurr family during this incredibly difficult time.