Charity dinner to raise funds for former Preston North End player Gary Parkinson

Posted on - 13th March, 2012 - 9:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News, Preston North End
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Gary Parkinson during his playing days for Preston North End

Football players, managers and fans across the UK are set to come together in support of a former Preston North End player Gary Parkinson.


Parkinson, who played 88 times for North End, suffered a severe stroke in September 2010 which left him with locked-in syndrome.

Watch Parky’s penalty for North End against Manchester City in 1998

He is now paralysed but continues to play an active role in football as a scout for his other former club Middlesbrough. The 44 year old watches DVDs of players and communicates analysis to his wife Debbie.

A dinner has been organised at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium to raise funds to help Gary’s rehabilitation.

Tickets are £30 for the event on Saturday 21st April and sponsorship packages are available for local businesses who would like to contribute to the evening.

Natasha Kinsey who is helping to organise the event said over 20 football clubs were lending their support.

She said: “We are trying all we can, with his family and wife in particular Deborah Parkinson, to raise money for his rehabilitation and progress to lift him from this terrible condition.

“People, businesses, football teams and more are traveling from all over to come to this big event and hopefully fantastic evening.”

Information on tickets and sponsoring the event are available by calling 07970415607 or emailing

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