Magazine sales go to stricken coach

Brett Ormerod and Keith Southern with the magazine
Brett Ormerod and Keith Southern with the magazine
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A TRUST fund for stricken Blackpool youth coach Gary Parkinson is set to be given a financial boost.

The Gazette has vowed to donate all proceeds from the sale of its new magazine to the Gary Parkinson Trust Fund, set up to aid the 43-year-old’s recovery and rehabilitation.

The Experience Magazine

The Experience Magazine

Mr Parkinson is suffering from locked-in syndrome, a condition which has left him paralysed from the neck down, following a serious stroke in September 2010.

Proceeds from the new Experience Magazine – a guide to where to eat, drink, shop and be entertained in Blackpool town centre – will go towards helping the youth coach.

Alison Bott, deputy editor of The Gazette, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the Gary Parkinson Trust Fund. The magazine could raise up to £10,000 for a charity that is so close to our hearts. We will be releasing magazines like this every quarter to raise money for other local charities.”

The magazine – priced at £1 – includes discount vouchers for local attractions and food outlets is available from newsagents and shops.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway said: “Gary is a massive part of our club and it still upsets me to think about what has happened to him. We need to make sure we support Deborah and his children. That includes financial support and I am fully behind the Gazette’s attempt to raise money for a tremendous bloke. Hopefully it will raise lots of cash for a magnificent cause and I’d urge all Blackpool supporters, and everyone throughout the town, to buy a copy of this magazine.”

A number of fundraising events have already been held all over the country to raise money for the dad-of-three’s family and charity.

The latest – the brainchild of Pool boss Ian Holloway – was the sale of tangerine 4Parky wristbands.

Although Mr Parkinson has made some progress and is now able to communicate through blinking, he is still confined to a wheelchair and unable to move or speak.