Dec 5 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
THE Men Aces are taking on a mammoth challenge as they attempt to pull an 18-ton truck to raise money for Ben Jones’s foundation.
The team became aware of Ben and his story after he came down to watch them during training with his dad, Gary.
Ben, six, suffers from Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, a genetic condition which means he has severe learning difficulties.
The Kingsbury school pupil has never been able to speak but his family say they have found other ways to communicate with him.
Ben and his dad, from Aughton, have taken part in several 10k races recently to raise awareness of Ben’s condition.
Gary pushes Ben in a specially made buggy and the pair are currently in training for the Liverpool half marathon.
Aces manager Carl Eaton said: “Ben and Gary popped down to a training session and his eyes opened wide like saucers.
“He seemed to love watching us and all the lads made a fuss of him.
“We’ve been doing our annual sponsored event since 2010 when we pulled an eight- ton truck over 300 feet to raise money for the Alder Hey Imagine Appeal.
“We had been thinking for quite some time as to which charity we would support this year and the moment we met this beautiful little boy and learnt of the challenges he faces in his own life, the choice was simply quite obvious.”
Ben’s condition means he will need specialist care for the rest of his life and his family are currently in the process of setting up a trust fund for him.
The money raised by the truck pull will go towards this.
The truck pull takes place on Sunday, December 8, at 3pm, at Ken Abram Ltd, Stanley Way, Skelmersdale.
Carl said: “We’re nervous about the challenge but we think we can do it.
“It’d be great to have as much support as possible with people cheering us on.”
To donate to Ben’s appeal, you can do so on his website: www.bensbuggyruns.com