The Tim Carter Appeal aims to raise £1.9m to enable Percy Hedley Foundation to build a hydrotherapy centre on a site at Percy Hedley Upper School and Sports Academy.
The appeal was launched in September 2008 in memory of Tim Carter, ex-Sunderland AFC goal keeper and coach whose young son has cerebral palsy and attends Percy Hedley Lower School.
The new centre will provide invaluable benefits for disabled children and adults who have to struggle with the challenges of everyday life. In warm water these restrictions are reduced, giving the opportunity for free movement, exercise and relaxation in a multi-sensory and fun environment.
The new hydrotherapy centre will complement the facilities available at the Percy Hedley Sports Academy and will also be the regional centre for Halliwick Swimming, a special technique to teach swimming and independence in water to disabled children and adults.
Gina Carter said "My husband was overwhelmed and humbled by the determination and achievements of the children and adults at Percy Hedley School. He thought it was wonderful that they were treated as equals with non-disabled people. The Sports Academy amazed Tim and he played an active part in fundraising for the school."
"Percy Hedley was close to his heart as our son, who is 7 years old, has cerebral palsy and is a pupil at the school. The hydrotherapy pool that will be built in Tim's name will make a huge difference to the children and adults at the school. It will help families and individuals across the North East and I'm sure will make our children very proud that their Daddy could make such a difference in the lives of people with special needs."
Donating to this appeal is easy:
Text : TIMC11 to 70070 to donate £5
Send a donation to us at: Tim Carter Appeal, Freepost RSRS-TTYK-YZKG Fundraising Office, Percy Hedley Foundation, Station Road, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 8YY (cheques payable to Percy Hedley Foundation)
From your CAF charity account by clicking here.
Tim Carter played in goal for Sunderland between 1987 and 1993, later becoming the first team goalkeeping coach and then academy coach.
During his career Tim also played for Bristol Rovers, Newport County, Carlisle United, Birmingham City, Hartlepool United, Millwall, Oxford United and Halifax Town. He also made three appearances for the England youth squad.
As a goalkeeping coach he worked with the Sunderland first team and academy teams and was also a part-time coach for the Estonian national team.
"Modern hydrotherapy facilities at Percy Hedley will make a huge difference in improving the health and activity levels of many disabled children and adults throughout the whole North East region." "On behalf of everyone at Percy Hedley Foundation, I would like to thank Gina Carter and Sunderland Football Club for their kindness in thinking of others and launching the 'Tim Carter Hydrotherapy Appeal'. - Des Bustard, Director of Fundraising, Percy Hedley Foundation