Ex-soldier in fight to help boy with incurable illness

ALL IN THIS TOGETHER -- 13-year-old Liam Rixson, flanked by dad Danny (right) and fundraiser Nick -- DISPIC NHUD12-0922-2.
ALL IN THIS TOGETHER -- 13-year-old Liam Rixson, flanked by dad Danny (right) and fundraiser Nick -- DISPIC NHUD12-0922-2.
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A FORMER soldier from Hucknall is leading the battle to provide a new lease of life for a boy with an incurable illness.

Thirteen-year-old Liam Rixson has the genetic condition, cystic fibrosis.

His internal organs get covered in a thick mucus and he catches life-threatening lung infections that make it tough for him to breathe.

The only long-term, effective hope is a full lung-transplant.

But in the short term, Liam, of Revelstoke Way, Rise Park, would benefit from an e-nebuliser that would spray medicine into his lungs in the form of a mist.

The kit is much more efficient than a normal nebuliser, which takes up to three times longer to administer the drugs.

An e-nebuliser costs £700. But Liam cannot currently get one on the NHS because it is not available to him. His single dad, Danny (35) cannot afford it.

That’s where Nick Everitt, of Papplewick Lane, comes in.

For he is organising a fundraising auction at the Griffin’s Head pub on Moor Road, Papplewick a week tomorrow (Saturday April 28).

He got to know Liam and his dad through a friend and has pledged to collect the cash to make Liam’s life easier.

“When Danny told me about Liam and the impact the e-nebuliser could have, I had to help,” said Nick, who served in the Army for 24 years.

“Danny is a sole carer, HE doesn’t have a car and he lives in rented accommodation. He simply cannot afford something like this.

“For some faced with the need for this equipment, they would just buy it or put it on a credit card. But that isn’t an option for Danny and Liam.”

Dad-of-one Nick (43), who is married to Stephanie (35), is no stranger to raising money for charity.

He has twice cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and while in the Army, he collected for the likes of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and Guide Dogs For The Blind.

He and colleagues also took to rowing machines to cover a distance of 10,000 kilometres — the equivalent of travelling from Borneo, where they were stationed, to Banda Aceh in Indonesia — to raise money towards the aid effort after the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Nick now runs his own business, Midland Mobile Leisure Services, which specialises in servicing caravans and motor homes. He is offering a free service as a prize in the auction.

Other lots include signed photos of David Beckham and Lewis Hamilton, provided by the When You Wish Upon A Star charity.

There is a meal offered by the Griffin’s Head, a signed shirt and football from Notts County — the football club supported by Danny and Liam — an electric guitar and amplifier and a narrowboat experience.

Danny said: “We are so grateful to Nick and to everyone who has offered support so far. Liam is really looking forward a great night and raising the money.“

To donate items to the auction, ring Nick on 07940 260764 or e-mail him at nick@mmlservice.co.uk.