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SID THE SHARK: A message from Sid


Our loyal mascot Sid the Shark has a special message for Sussex supporters. He would have loved to talk to all of you himself, but his mouth is better suited to biting than it is to talking, and so he has asked us to help him out.

Sid is looking for your support for a very important cause. He has a very close friend; a little boy called Charlie Fielding. Charlie is just two years old, but has been through more struggles in his short life than many of us will know in a lifetime.

When he was only 18 months old, Charlie lost the use of his legs. This was the result of a rare condition known as an Arteriovenous Malformation that caused a swelling of blood vessels on his spine and ultimately resulted in a spinal cord injury.

Being paralysed from the waist down means Charlie won’t have quite the same opportunities as his twin sister, Poppy, but his parents, Becky and Jamie, want to ensure he has the best chance of a happy childhood.

To allow this to happen, Sid is making time to do everything he can for Charlie, alongside his everyday activities of whipping up the crowd, massaging tense Sharks supporters and putting naughty children in the bin.

As part of this, Sid would be forever grateful if you could dig deep and add to the funds used to pay for the treatment Charlie is receiving.

Regular physio as well as mobility and fitness equipment is needed to support his health and development and there are modifications around the home that are needed to make things more accessible for Charlie.

Sid hopes with his antics have given you all lots of fun and entertainment over the last 14 seasons . If Sid has ever made you laugh, posed for a photo, stolen your lunch or thrown your child into a bin, he would be forever grateful if you were willing to say ‘thank you’ by making a donation to help his extraordinary little friend.

All the money raised by the Sussex Cricket Foundation at this Friday’s big match will be donated to Charlie’s fund, so if you are coming along to The 1st Central County Ground please spare whatever you can to help.

If you can’t make it on Friday night, you can still help Charlie. Just text ‘SIDS17’ followed by ‘£1’, ‘£5’ or ‘£10’ to 70070 to make a donation.

On behalf of Sid the Shark, Charlie and the rest of the SussexFamily – thank you!

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