AN ice hockey player is getting his skates on to raise money for a teenager who suffers from a rare genetic disorder.
Dan Fearon, 26, from Poulton, will swap the ice rink for the Promenade when he skates on rollerblades for 12 hours between North Pier and South Pier to fund-raise for 15-year-old Callum Pollock.
Callum, a pupil at Highfurlong School in Blackpool, was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder Hurlers Syndrome when he was just three-months-old – a condition which affects his organs and joints.
Mr Fearon, who used to teach Callum ice-hockey when he was younger, decided to raise money for the teenager and his mum Carla to have a special holiday after bumping into him at an ice hockey match.
He said: “Callum had come to watch an ice hockey match and I recognised him from when I was his coach.
“He has been through numerous operations and has really deteriorated recently, he is now in a wheelchair.
“I decided I wanted to do something to help him.
“He’s ace, he’s the nicest boy. He just doesn’t stop laughing.
“I’ve got a personal trainer at the gym to work towards the challenge but I’ve not been able to get out skating yet because of the bad weather so I’ve just been playing ice hockey at Sub Zero in Cleveleys at the moment.
“All the money which is raised will go towards a special holiday for Callum and his mum.”
Mr Fearon, who plays for ice hockey team the Fylde Flyers, will take on the challenge between 9am and 9pm on Sunday, August 26.
Mum Carla, 45, of Malvern Avenue, South Shore, said: “The condition affects every part of his body.
“When he was a baby he had a bone marrow transplant to prolong his life.
“He was doing really well up until about three years ago.
“It’s a really nice thing for Dan to do. It’s given Callum a real boost. He was over the moon when he heard what Dan was doing.
“The challenge sounds like it’ll be hard work.”
Mr Fearon has also organised a charity night at Club Sanuk to boost the coffers for the fund for Callum.
The Heart and Soul night, which will feature a three-piece band and DJs, will be held on Thursday, August 23.
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