Generous members of Dewsbury Moor Amateur Rugby League Club have donated more than £1,000 to a little boy with an incurable illness.
Moor chairman Peter Charlesworth met tot Finley McDonald while on holiday in Spain and was touched by the youngster’s fighting spirit.
Four-year-old Finley, of Leigh, was born with the life-limiting condition hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which means he only has half a heart, and this year faces his third major heart operation.
Mr Charlesworth said: “We bumped into the family round the pool.
“He’s a poorly little fella – my first grandchild died after 12 days of the same thing.”
But now modern surgery techniques mean suffers can live longer and more fulfilling lives – and Mr Charlesworth wanted to do something to help. “He’s full of spirit,” he said. “And he’s always smiling – an unbelievable kid.”
The chairman took the story back to his club and they raised £700 in a raffle – which Finley helped draw. Mr Charlesworth’s son-in-law Allan Samme, managing director of Heckmondwike-based Lynx Energy, also donated £300.
Finley also has epilepsy after he had a stroke during his second operation. He spent five months in hospital and struggles to walk and talk. But he doesn’t let it stand in his way — he has been swimming with dolphins, been a mascot for Leigh Centurions and visited Disneyland Paris.
Mr Charlesworth said the cash would go towards special lights for the youngster’s therapy.