Under starter’s orders for brave Myles

Hucknall Christmas Lights Switch-on.''Hucknall boy Myles Sketchley switches on the lights at the Christmas Tree Festival in the Parish Church
Hucknall Christmas Lights Switch-on.''Hucknall boy Myles Sketchley switches on the lights at the Christmas Tree Festival in the Parish Church

A RACE night to raise money to help change the life of a severely-disabled Hucknall boy gets under starter’s orders tonight (Friday) — and locals are being urged to give the event their backing.

The attraction at the Royal British Legion Social Club on Beardall Street is in support of 12-year-old Myles Sketchley (pictured).

Money raised will go towards buying a specialist hot tub for the wheelchair-bound youngster, who lives on Annesley Road.

As revealed in a Dispatch front-page exclusive last year, Myles suffers from a rare combination of illnesses. Two years ago, his parents, Christine and David, made the tough decision to allow surgeons to remove both the youngster’s hips so he could sit more comfortably.

Among his illnesses are cerebral palsy, the spinal condition scoliosis, a brain disorder and severe orthopaedic problems.

He has undergone more than 20 major operations in his young life. One of these was at just nine months old when he became the youngest person on record in the WORLD to endure the surgery.

Because of his problems, the only way Myles can exercise is if his body is suspended in water, which is where the hydro-pool hot tub comes in.

The kit and a building to house it costs in excess of £10,000.

Already the appeal has collected more than £7,000. But the race night is a key event in trying to meet the final target.

The event, which has been arranged by the charity, The Men Of Sherwood, will also feature raffles. Any individual or business who would like to donate to the cause can do so on the night.

The Myles appeal will also benefit from an upcoming rock-music concert in honour of Hucknall man Kevin Dove, who tragically took his own life in 2008.

Kevfest will hit the stage at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street, Hucknall a week tomorrow (Saturday January 21).