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Support Red Day For Rio This Sunday!

7 September 2023

There’s another chance for you to support the Spurr family this weekend as Ribchester’s Red Day for Rio returns!

Rio, the four-year-old son of former PNE defender Tommy Spurr, was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer in 2022 and has bravely battled through chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The youngster is now at a stage where he is cancer-free, however chances of it returning are one in two, therefore fundraising for Rio is continuing as further treatment – unavailable through the NHS – will cost up to £1m.

This Sunday 10th September, a number of former players are coming together to form a ‘Spurr’s Legends’ side to take on Ribchester Rovers at Ribchester Park, all in aid of Rio.

There are a number of former PNE heroes taking part on the day, including Chris Sedgwick, Jermaine Beckford, Jon Parkin and Paul McKenna, amongst others.

The day – which raised £20,000 last September – is aimed towards families, with inflatables, rides, face painting and much more on offer from 12pm on Sunday, before kick-off at 2pm.

Proceeds made on the day will be put towards the potentially life-saving treatment which young Rio may require, so please give generously where possible.

Tommy said: “We’ve been told that Rio’s chances, if he does have a relapse, will drop to 10%, which explains the reason why we’re trying to raise funds to be prepared for if that does happen.

“Anyone in our position would do the same if it was their little boy or little girl. It’s just unbearable to think about.

“I think to do an event where kids are all involved is what it’s all about.

“To not be at a football ground, but to be on Ribchester Park, where we take our children, it feels really special and something really close to us.”

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