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Football club event helps raise funds for fan, George

PUBLISHED: 07:30 29 July 2019

George's family were overwhelmed by the support Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSA

George's family were overwhelmed by the support Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSA

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An Ipswich community showed its support for a dedicated local football fan in need of a helping hand.

George Woodward from Ipswich was celebrated at the Whitton Utd Summer Festival Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSAGeorge Woodward from Ipswich was celebrated at the Whitton Utd Summer Festival Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSA

George Woodward is a regular at Whitton United games - but the spotlight was on him at the weekend.

George has spinal muscular atrophy and has used a wheelchair since he was one.

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Whitton United's summer festival helped the seven-year-old's family raise funds for a new wheelchair on Sunday.

Face painting and inflatables were among the attractions for visitors to the festival Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSAFace painting and inflatables were among the attractions for visitors to the festival Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSA

The festival, which also supported the British Heart Foundation, featured face-painting, a barbecue, inflatable slides, and entertainment by Mister H and Cherise Phillips.

George's mum, Laura Barber, said the support had been overwhelming. She thanked organiser Sarah Neill and all who contributed.

"George relies heavily on his wheelchair to get around," she said.

"Sarah wanted to do something for the community, and she picked George because he comes here a lot to support Whitton United."

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