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Skelmersdale Men-aces hand over cheque to Aughton's Ben Jones

Team raised £1,000 for seven-year-old after 24-hour football tournament.

The Men-aces with Ben Jones and his family

The Men-aces have presented a cheque to one of their biggest fans, after organising a 24-hour football tourn-ament which raised over £1,000.

Ben Jones, seven, from Aughton who has a very rare form of Autism called Phelan McDermid Syndrome, is a big fan of the aces and has been down to watch them train several times.

Ben is a very happy little man, but needs 24-hour care and his syndrome can make things very challenging.

The aces decided to raise some cash to help towards his trust fund for later life.

The team raised the money through a sponsored event last month, enduring a 24-hour nonstop 5-a-side football game.

Half of the monies raised went to Ben and the other half went to buy a defibrillator and training equipment for the club.

Ben Jones and brother Callum with the Men-aces cheque
 

Carl Eaton, manager of the aces said: “Ben is our youngest supporter and all the lads love him, his family bring him down and he enjoys a good run around with members of the team.

“We’re just really happy that we managed to raise so much money for him, as he is a very special boy.”

Ben and his dad, Gary, have taken part in several marathons recently to try and raise money and awareness of Ben’s condit-ion.

Gary has created a specialist buggy for Ben, which he pushes as he runs, so that the pair can take part in events together.

To learn more about Ben and any up-coming fundraising events, visit: www.bensbuggyruns.com/

The Men-aces have been picked as one of the Mayor’s chosen charities this year and dream of owning their own minibus.

To help their dreams become reality they are organising a Fun day at Digmoor Community Centre, on August 25 from 11am-4pm.

Carl said: “There’s lots of fun things for the kids to do, so come along and have some fun and meet some of the Men-Aces.

“We are also asking if anyone could donate any tombola prizes or raffle prizes.

“If anyone can donate anything towards the event, please give us a call on 01695 633139.”