Article by Tommy Wathen: Billericay Town’s multi-millionaire owner Glenn Tamplin has helped to launch a GoFundMe page to raise £10,000 for a young disabled supporter to received life-assisting medical equipment.
Back in February 2014, Fraser Simmonds was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive and life-limiting condition which will waste away his muscles until it causes paralysis and failure of his heart and lungs.
It is believed to be 100 per cent fatal and currently has no treatment options available, with an average life expectancy of 25 years.
Earlier this year four-year-old Fraser and his family met Glenn, who was touched by Fraser’s story and wanted to do something to help the Simmonds family.
There are many pieces of life-assisting medical equipment that have the ability to give Fraser independence and the most fulfilling life possible, such as powered wheelchairs and breathing ventilation.
However most are not funded by the National Health Service.
Glenn wanted to try and help raise money towards fundraising for the items that Fraser needs, along with hoping that people will learn more about Fraser and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy as awareness is vitally important. He said:
“About four months ago, I first met Fraser and Shelley (Fraser's mum) and I met this boy in a wheelchair with the biggest beam of a smile that I've ever seen. I started to learn more about the disease that he had as Shelley was explaining it to me and all I kept thinking was that he was going to die at a really young age. I couldn't get that out of my head and I just knew that I had to do something to help. Shelley wanted me to raise awareness of the disease he has got, but I made it clear that no amount of money that I raised could raise awareness enough. I asked Shelley what she needed the most and she said that because he gets worse with the disease as he gets older, she really needed to transform her downstairs to allow Fraser to have a barely normal life at home. I promised that, through the club, we would raise £10,000 for Fraser and if we didn't, I would personally make up the difference. I have already told them to arrange the builders for the first week in January."
Earlier this year Mr Tamplin also played a huge role in the fundraising for another supporter, Harry Parker, to receive life-changing operations to help him achieve his dreams of walking and playing football again.
Glenn received the 'Pride Of Essex Award' earlier this week for his support of Harry, where he also named a stand after him at the newly-rebranded The AGP Arena in Billericay.
To find out more information, or to support Fraser through the GoFundMe page, click here.