Robinsons have announced their continued partnership with Stockport County by sponsoring a special alternative away kit in support of local girl Michelle Wheatley.
Michelle is one of around only 300 people in the UK that suffer from a condition known as ‘Locked in Syndrome’ which is the result of a stroke suffered by Michelle while she was bathing her daughter Holly in 2008.
While Michelle’s mind functions perfectly normally, she is completely paralysed and can only communicate by blinking.
Initially she received intensive physiotherapy, which in some cases has resulted in sufferers coming out of the condition, but the amount of physiotherapy has recently been reduced to the dismay of Michelle’s family who worry that she will seize up physically and become deeply distressed.
To assist Michelle, Stockport County have decided to donate 10 per cent of all profits from the Robinsons Brewery sponsored alternative away kit to the family as well as the proceeds from an end of season auction.
Ben Robinson, Head of Sales for Robinsons Brewery said: “We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with Stockport County. Michelle’s story has moved everyone and the brewery couldn’t be prouder to be supporting her and her family with this special away kit. We will be wearing ours throughout the season to help raise awareness for Michelle and encourage everyone to do the same.”
Stockport County’s senior advisor Steve Bellis explained: “We are a family club that relies on the support of people in the town and we feel it is appropriate to return that support whenever we are able. We hope that the shirt will raise the profile of ‘Locked in Syndrome’ and provide much needed financial support for Michelle and her family during this very difficult time. We have already had numerous offers of support from our supporters and sponsors and hopefully we can make a difference.”
Michelle said: “I am really overwhelmed by what everyone at the club and connected with the club are doing for me. This will enable me to have extra physiotherapy and help my progress. I really can’t thank them enough.”
The shirt was officially unveiled at Edgeley Park with Ben Robinson, Michelle Wheatley and Stockport County Player Micah Evans on Tuesday.
The kit will be worn for the first time when County take on Macclesfield at the Moss Rose on Friday at 7.30pm.
Fans will be able to buy the shirt on Friday from the club shop at Edgeley Park.