Stoke City star Crouch comes to aid of wheelchair user Rebecca.
Stoke City striker Peter Crouch is backing a campaign to help a disabled little girl to walk.
Wheelchair-user Rebecca Carey, from Congleton, was born with cerebral palsy and her parents are trying to raise £80,000 to allow her to have Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery in the US after being denied the op here.
Inspired by the seven-year-old’s courage, the Stoke City player, 35, is inviting fans to a fund-raising event at which he will talk about his career.
And he met with Rebecca, her twin sister Lottie and their mum Pam at The Britannia Stadium on Friday last week.
The England ace, who is dad to Sophia, five, and Liberty, 11 months, said: “I just felt I had to do something.”
The family’s campaign has also won backing from national newspaper The Mirror and generous readers, friends and family have already donated £48,000.
Crouch will host a talk about his career for fans on July 8 with the aim of raising the rest.
Rebecca’s mum Pam, aged 46, said: “The event has been put together by the Stoke City Old Boys Association.
“Terry Conroy goes to the same church as my mum. He read the original article in the Sentinel and put two and two together and said ‘right, we are going to sort something out’.
“Then he came back to us and said he had some good news and Peter Crouch was going to do a fund-raiser.
“We are eternally grateful to him.
“Peter has been amazing. We met him on Friday and he was wonderful.”
Pam said the proposed Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery should help drastically improve her daughter’s quality of life.
The 46-year-old said: “Though Becca can walk in a frame, with a sling, and can roll and move around on the floor she has to be hoisted in and out of equipment when she is at school.
“She can only attend a mainstream school with her sister three days a week, she has to go to a special school the other days.
“We can’t thank Peter enough. It really means the world to us.”
To buy tickets for the event, starting from £30, email firstname.lastname@example.org Or you can donate cash at: justgiving.com/beccaswishtowalk