Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Quinn Backs Pool Appeal; Will Honour Memory of Former Keeper

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Quinn Backs Pool Appeal; Will Honour Memory of Former Keeper

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

SUNDERLAND Football Club yesterday called on its supporters to get behind a campaign to raise pounds 1.2m for the region's top sports academy for children with special needs and honour one of its former players in the process.

Black Cats chairman Niall Quinn launched the Tim Carter Charity Appeal at the Stadium of Light in honour of his former team-mate, who died in June.

Mr Carter left a wife and two children the youngest of whom, four-year-old Jensen, is a cerebral palsy sufferer and a pupil at Percy Hedley School in Forest Hall, North Tyneside.

His widow, Gina, decided the best way to honour her late husband was to raise money for a hydrotherapy pool for the school's sports academy and she has been delighted at the response from his former club.

"It says a lot that Niall came on board straight away and the fact he has been positive about the centre is magnificent," she said. "They really need to get that money out there so children and adults can enjoy a better quality of life."

Mr Carter played in goal for Sunderland between 1987 and 1993. He also had spells at Hartlepool United and Carlisle United. He returned as academy coach under Peter Reid and was promoted to first-team goalkeeping coach before returning to the academy last season. He was found dead in Manchester this summer aged 40.

"Tim has been and always will be a massive, massive friend to this club,"

Quinn said. "It's not just a case of launching the appeal, we will follow and watch it."

The Black Cats are sponsoring Percy Hedley's Mistletoe Ball at the Newcastle-Gateshead Hilton Hotel on Saturday, November 29.

The school caters for children aged between two and 19. The academy is used by England's Powerchair Football Team and is a training camp for the 2012 Olympics.

"We're an ambassador for the North East in the world of sport," said Des Bustard, director of fundraising and marketing for the Percy Hedley Foundation.

"We owe it to the participants to give them the best sporting and sports therapy facilities we can.

"Tim was very impressed by everything he saw at the sports academy and everything the kids were achieving. …

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