‘WE’VE not forgotten you Parky.’
That is the message from Blackpool FC’s stars to former coach Gary Parkinson who is on the long road to recovery after suffering a stroke last year.
The 43-year-old was left with locked-in syndrome, a condition of almost total paralysis.
A number of fundraising events have been held all over the country to raise money for his family and charity, the latest being the sale of tangerine 4Parky wristbands.
And Pool boss Ian Holloway is keen for his players to become more involved in raising funds for their former coach.
“I’ve challenged the lads to help Parky,” said the boss.
“I’ve told them I want a certain amount of money raised. We’re aiming high and we’ve had a team meeting about ideas to raise funds.
“The lads know what we want them to do and are keen to get involved to help out a man who was a tremendously popular figure at the club and is sadly missed by us all.”
Parkinson suffered a serious stroke on September 7 last year and was diagnosed with a rare condition called ‘locked-in’ syndrome.
Although he has made steady progress, he is still confined to a wheelchair and unable to move or speak because of muscle paralysis.
Brett Ormerod, who played alongside Parkinson at Pool before later being coached by him, says it is important he is not forgotten.
“Any help we can give Gary and his family is a well worthy cause,” he said.
“I hope everyone gets behind it and gives him all the support we can.
“I need to go again soon, I’ve heard he’s improved a lot lately so I’ll be going back soon.
“Everyone at Blackpool is here for him and fully behind him.”
The wristbands are the brainchild of Pool boss Ian Holloway and are available from the club shop priced £1.50.