Warrington Wolves prop Chris Hill with Leon Hoey and cousin Rebecca Thornley
Leon’s mum Annmarie Dougan was told he might not survive when he was born with cerebral palsy but now at five-years-old, Leon is always smiling and has grown up to become a huge Warrington Wolves fan.
Thursday’s sell-out fundraiser was in aid of the Twinkle Toes Foundation, which helps children with cerebral palsy like Leon. Prop Chris Hill – the charity’s patron – opened the event before posing for photographs with Leon and his family.
He also donated two tickets to Friday night’s game against Catalan Dragons, which were auctioned off on the night along with a signed Wolves shirt and two hampers.
Rebecca said: “We need to raise £4,000 for the hydrotherapy pool so that Leon can sit in it so that the pain will be eased. He is in a lot of pain but you wouldn’t see that from his face – he’s so happy all the time.”
The 19-year-old was delighted to have raised £900 through ticket sales alone, with a further £600 raised on the night to take the grand total up to £1,546.