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Troy’s mission: Footballers raise money to help two-year-old with cerebral palsy

Tournament is held to raise funds for Troy Mooney who needs operation to help him walk

08 May, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Troy Mooney

A FAMILY who are ­desperate for their little boy to get an operation so he can walk unaided received a major boost this week with thousands of pounds flooding in through a fundraising ­disco and a major football tournament.

Victoria and Dean Mooney, from West Hampstead, set a target of £50,000 earlier this year to pay for a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) procedure for two-year-old Troy. After just a few months they have raised just over £20,000, enough for a deposit for the operation which corrects physical muscle stiffness caused by the neurological condition, cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. SDR is not available on the NHS, but hospital surgeons will do the work privately.

Ms Mooney said: “Troy is only two-and-a-half but he knows what’s going on and I think he’s a bit overwhelmed. He’s seeing his face everywhere, and people are stopping us in the street and talking about it. “He’s still really young, still learning how to talk – I guess he’s being shy. But he’s as happy as can be and doing really well. We’re all doing really well but it’s been hard going on everyone involved. The support and generosity from everyone has been amazing.”

Camden Elite footballers with the tournament cup

She added: “Our next stage is June, when we will meet with a surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital. We’re pencilled in for October or November for the operation but we have to raise money for pre-op and post-op physio’ too.”

At the launch of the fund-raising drive in February, Ms Mooney said that Troy was “sound as a pound mentally” and that the condition just affected his legs. She told how he had started nursery at Kilburn Grange and was crawling around on the ground when he wanted to play with the other kids in the playground. He has a walker that helps him get around, but his legs are not developing as they should be.

The weekend’s football event was held in Market Road, Islington, on Sunday. Camden Elite won the under-10s tournament and runners-up were Elm FC. More than 25 teams took part in two competitions that raised £1,285 for the Troy Mission’s cause.

“There was a great atmosphere,” said Ms Mooney. “The sun was out, there was great banter. When the men are happy, they put more in the raffle. We charged £5 a player and there was a raffle. There was a football signed by [Arsenal player] Alex Iwobi and a little fella from Hackney FC won it. He was an Arsenal fan, too, so he was really happy. It was Arsenal and Tottenham that day so there was a lot of banter about that too and afterwards everyone went off and watched the match.”

Camden Elite manager Ben Flynn raised £900 for Troy’s Mission when he ran the London Marathon last month. The Mooney family also raised £1,400 from a disco at the Sherriff Centre, Sheriff Road, West Hampstead, on Friday.

Ms Mooney added: “Me and Dean, we’re heading off to Ireland for the 10k Hell & Back run. That should be hilarious as I can’t even run upstairs without getting out of breath.”

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