Organisers of a summer football tournament held in memory of the late Paul Clyde from Ballykelly have this year given their support to a Limavady boy who is terminally ill.
In its third year chairman Greg O’Kane said while The Paul Clyde Memorial Tournament is a fitting tribute to his lifelong friend - a talented footballer and liked by all - it’s also about helping others, and each year it raises money for local charities.
The competition has previously supported Foyle Hospice and the Northlands Centre in Derry.
“Last year we did it for the ‘Wee Oliver’ walk appeal. This year we are doing it for ‘Team Callum’, for Callum McCorriston from Limavady who has Muscular Duchenne,” explained Greg.
Laura Smith, Callum’s mum explained ‘Team Callum’ is designed to raise funds for research into treatments, and all money raised goes towards the Duchenne Research Fund.
“Callum is five,” said his mum, Laura. “He is just like any other boy except Callum has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This is a severe, progressive muscle wasting condition. Duchenne is fatal.”
Laura said the family are overwhelmed ‘Team Callum’ at the support from the tournament organisers.
“To us, it means the world that strangers have come to us and said, ‘Look, we are doing a fund raiser, can we give you the money?’ That, to us, again shows us the kindness of our local community,” Laura told the ‘Journal’.