Pompey veterans take to the field for young Samuel

Samuel Deakin-Mant 5 who has cerebral palsy with his mother Lisa Deakin

Samuel Deakin-Mant 5 who has cerebral palsy with his mother Lisa Deakin

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POMPEY legends are to battle it out on the football pitch to help raise vital funds for a disabled five-year-old boy.

Little Samuel Deakin-Mant has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair.

Mum Lisa, 42, has to carry him up and down the stairs at the family’s home in St Matthews Road, Cosham, Portsmouth.

But she is desperately trying to raise £8,500 for a lift to be built from the living room to Samuel’s bedroom.

Now the mum-of-three has organised the clash between Pompey legends including Paul Walsh, Alan Knight, Mark Chamberlain and Guy Butters and Moneyfields Veterans to raise cash.

Some of the family’s closest friends will also lace up their boots to play in the charity fundraiser.

Mrs Deakin said that to have a lift would make a huge difference to the family.

‘Sam is physically disabled but he is not disabled cognitively,’ she said.

‘He can’t walk but he still wants to do all the things that every other five-year-old wants to.

‘He sees his two older brothers going upstairs themselves and he wants to do that too – he gets so frustrated having to wait for me to carry him all the time.

‘To have a lift would give him the freedom and independence to go wherever he wants to play.’

Previous fundraisers, including a band night and fun day, have helped raise £3,000 for Samuel – but more funds are needed.

The match will be played at Moneyfields Sports and Social Club in Moneyfield Avenue, Copnor, Portsmouth, on November 13.

There will also be an auction after the match which begins at 1.30pm on November 13.

Entry is free but people who attend are invited to make a donation to Samuel’s lift fund.

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