Santa Hat Saturday, 19th December

Date: 10 December 2015

Preston Grasshoppers is proud to be supporting ‘Santa Hat Saturday’ on Saturday 19th September to raise money for the Joining Jack charity.

Santa Hat Saturday is a very simple idea based upon spectators and players (during the warm up and after the game) wearing a Santa hat to watch the game and paying just £1 to charity for the privilege. Hoppers 1st XV host Sedgley Park on the 19th and we are hoping for a bumper crowd taking part in the day. We will also be having a bucket collection for those who have forgotten their santa hats!

Joining Jack is a charity that was setup after former Wigan Rugby League player Andy Johnson and his wife discovered that their son Jack had been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (See below the picture for more information) in October 2011. If you have ever seen Owen Farrell joining his two fingers together as two letter J’s it is because he is a patron and supporter of the Joining Jack charity. Other patrons include Jason Robinson, Shaun Edwards and Sam Tomkins.

Owen Farrell

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is one of the most common fatal genetic disorders to affect children around the world. Approximately one in every 3,500 boys worldwide is afflicted with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with 20,000 new cases reported each year in the developed world.

It is a devastating and currently incurable muscle-wasting disease, associated with specific inborn errors in the gene that codes for dystrophin, a protein that plays a key structural role in muscle fibre function. Symptoms usually appear in male children before the age of five. Progressive muscle weakness of the legs and pelvis eventually spreads to the arms, neck, and other areas. By age 10, braces may be required for walking, and most patients are confined to a wheelchair by age 12.

Eventually, this progresses to complete paralysis and increasing difficulty in breathing, requiring ventilation. The condition is terminal, and death usually occurs before the age of 30.

The outpatient cost of care for a non-ambulatory DMD boy is among the highest of any disease. There is currently no cure for DMD, but for the first time ever, there are promising therapies in or moving into clinical development.

Santa Hat Saturday poster 2

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