Liam’s on peak form for Parky

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BLACKPOOL FC analyst Liam Sweeting is on a crusade to raise money for Gary Parkinson.

Sweeting, who works closely with Ian Holloway and gives the manager as much information on matches as possible, came up with the idea of producing tangerine wristbands.

They sold out in double-quick time and raised more than £6,000 for the Parkinson fund.

Now he is embarking on another money-raising scheme, attempting to complete the National Three Peaks challenge inside 24 hours.

Sweeting, 22, has also secured Tom Ince’s play-off final shirt, signed by the goalscorer himself, which will be auctioned off to boost funds for Pool youth coach Parkinson, who was left paralysed by a stroke in 2010.

As for the walk, Sweeting starts at Ben Nevis on Sunday night, then heads to Scafell Pike in Cumbria and finally to Mount Snowden in Wales – hopefully before nightfall on Monday.

Sweeting, who got his job at Blackpool after graduating from university in Preston, said: “I only knew Gary for a couple of months before he was taken ill in September 2010. But he was a great bloke, and you can tell how popular he was because the lads at the training ground still talk about him all the time.

“He is a big part of the club and I just think it is a great cause to raise money for.

“The wristbands raised a load of cash, and I hope to raise a few more quid by this walk and by auctioning off Ince’s shirt – it’s not often you get to own the shirt worn by someone who scored at Wembley.”

To sponsor Sweeting on his Three Peaks adventure or to bid for Ince’s Wembley shirt (be quick – the auction closes at 5pm on Friday), email alec.fenn@blackpoolfc.co.uk