Samuel set to get vital lift thanks to Pompey legends

LEGENDS 'Sam Deakin-Mant and his mum Lisa, centre, with Pompey veterans. Back, left to right, Sean North, 'Touchline Tony', Paul Walsh, Guy Butters, Dave Pullar, Gavin McGuire and Alan Knight. Front, from left, Joe Laidlaw with grandson Harvey.  Picture: Mick Young (114011-04)
LEGENDS 'Sam Deakin-Mant and his mum Lisa, centre, with Pompey veterans. Back, left to right, Sean North, 'Touchline Tony', Paul Walsh, Guy Butters, Dave Pullar, Gavin McGuire and Alan Knight. Front, from left, Joe Laidlaw with grandson Harvey. Picture: Mick Young (114011-04)

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POMPEY stars have helped the delighted parents of a disabled five-year-old boy reach their fundraising target.

Former players – including Paul Walsh, Alan Knight, Mark Chamberlain and Guy Butters – took to the field in aid of Samuel Deakin-Mant, who suffers from cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair.

ON THE BALL Walsh avoids a tackle. (114011-08)

ON THE BALL Walsh avoids a tackle. (114011-08)

Their efforts helped his parents to raise more than £8,000 for a lift that will restore their son’s independence.

Mum-of-three Lisa, 42, will now no longer have to carry him up the stairs to his bedroom in the family’s home in St Matthew’s Road, Cosham, Portsmouth.

She said: ‘I never thought we would reach our target this quickly. We have had so much support from friends and family and on the day the match was terrific.

‘I know this will have such a great effect on Samuel’s life.

‘It will let him do what other children do, he won’t have to rely on me and his dad every time he wants to get to his bedroom or play with his brothers.’

Previous events, including a band night and fun day, helped raise more than £3,000 – then a further £3,000 was donated by the Hair and Beauty Benevolent Fund and the remaining £2,100 came from donations after Sunday’s match.

Pompey’s Legends took on the Moneyfields Veterans at Moneyfields Sports and Social Club in Moneyfield Avenue, Copnor, and a charity auction was held after the match, which Moneyfields won 3-1.

Samuel said: ‘I was the mascot and saw all of the Pompey players.

‘Then I went on the microphone and said thank you to everyone and Play up Pompey!’