Event takes place at St James Park on Tuesday, April 18On Tuesday, April 18, the Exeter City Disabled Supporters Association are hosting an anniversary event at St James Park, with all money raised going to the Reverse Rett charity.
The event, which is free to attend and kicks-off at 7pm, will consist of a presentation of the achievements of ECDSA, a talk on Rett Syndrome, fun and games with a raffle and auction plus in attendance, past and present city players with a Q&A session.
ECDSA, formed in 2007, is now in its 10th year and they’ve given disabled Exeter City fans ‘a voice to be heard’. The group raises funds to improve facilities for those with disabilities visiting St James Park.
Over the last 10 years the ECDSA have bought a portable Induction Loop for those with hearing disabilities, roofing added to wheelchair area 7 in the Big Bank Stand, 16 removable chairs for Personal Assistants using areas 6 and 7 in the Big Bank, wheelchairs for hire, which are available for hire on matchdays and Evac chairs plus many, many other items to help and support the club.
ECDSA’s first president and president for 4 years was former City midfielder Bertie Cozic who made 98 appearances for the Grecians between 2006 and 2011, and was part of the team that was promoted to League One in 2009.
Bertie’s daughter Lily-Rose has Rett Syndrome, which affects nearly every aspect of the child’s life: their ability to speak, walk, eat and even breathe easily.
The ECDSA wanted to use their anniversary event to raise awareness for the condition and to help raise vital funds for medical research conducted by Reverse Rett.
Nick Saunders, ECDSA chairman said: “We’re always raising funds to help our football club and we wanted to use our anniversary event to give something back and what better way, than supporting our original president who helped our association greatly in the early years and his daughter Lily-Rose who has Rett, so all money raised at our anniversary event will all go to Reverse Rett”.
Speaking about the event, Bertie Cozic said: “It should be a great evening to raise awareness and fundraising for Reverse Rett, which is a charity close to my heart. I was really honoured to have been ask to become president of ECDSA and look forward to meeting everyone on the night.”
To register your interest in attending, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org