We are entering everyone who donates £5 into a draw to win a 2017/18 First team signed, promotion winning Wigan Athletic shirt and all proceeds are going straight to Joseph’s Goal. Donate £10 you get two entries, £15 for 3 etc.
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Often opportunities like this end up going to the highest bidder but we want every Wigan fan to have a chance of owning this little piece of Wigan Athletic History.
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As a life long Wigan Athletic fan myself I've always been passionate about helping those associated with our beloved club, from buying one of the blue Joseph's Goal bands to camping out of the stadium to buy FA Cup final tickets .
Following our success this season in both the league where we have clinched promotion and progressing to the quarter final of the FA Cup after beating Manchetser City - again!! & the recent walk to Fleetwood for Joseph's Goal which was attended by over 100 Wigan fans including Chairman David Sharpe, Chief Executive Johnathan Jackson and many more, we have got in touch with Wigan Athletic who have kindly agreed to have the first team sign the shirt pictured above and this will be raffled off to raise money for Joseph's Goal.
The Charity was set up in October 2012, by Paul and Emma Kendrick, to raise funds for research into NKH, (Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia), the life-limiting genetic condition that their son, Joseph, was born with. NKH is caused by an excess of glycine on the brain.
Joseph was given five days to live but reached his eighth birthday in May this year. He is severely disabled and suffers from seizures.
But he is resilient and is a fighter, and we, in turn, are fighting to find better treatments and, hopefully, a cure for NKH, which is very rare, with only fifteen children still surviving in the UK, and less than five hundred worldwide.
Joseph’s Goal is a Wigan-based charity, run by a small group of family and friends, who all volunteer their services. No-one is paid. We have received support from Wigan Council, Wigan Warriors and Wigan Athletic, as well as schools, local organisations and the business community.
In four years we have raised over £340,000, largely from charity balls, football matches, bike rides, marathons and 10-Ks, swimathons, spinathons, Xmas jumper days, numerous other fundraising events, and hundreds of donations from generous people.
The funds raised have been sent to Dr Johan Van Hove at Colorado University, Denver, USA, and Professor Nick Greene at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health in London
Both have presented their research findings to NKH families at conferences in the North West organised by Joseph’s Goal, and trustees of Joseph’s Goal have twice attended NKH conferences at Harvard University in Boston, USA.
The many varied defective genes that have been found in different children/families in the brain that causes NKH have been identified, and the task now is to find a route to replace it with a healthy gene. There is, at last, some light at the end of a very dark tunnel, with real grounds for optimism that better treatments for NKH are not far away.