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Ipswich: Flying Horse pool team in marathon effort for brave Skye Risby

13:01 03 July 2014

The Flying Horse pool team held a 24 hour pool marathon in aid of six-year-old Skye Risby, who suffers from Rett syndrome. Pictured: Ryan Clarke, Conrad Lowe, Chris Taylor, Richard Clarke, Simon Howard, Andrew Palmer and Ryan Fosker with Skye Risby and her grandmother Donna firman

The Flying Horse pool team held a 24 hour pool marathon in aid of six-year-old Skye Risby, who suffers from Rett syndrome. Pictured: Ryan Clarke, Conrad Lowe, Chris Taylor, Richard Clarke, Simon Howard, Andrew Palmer and Ryan Fosker with Skye Risby and her grandmother Donna firman

A charitable team of Ipswich pool players has raised hundreds of pounds for a severely disabled young girl during a 24-hour marathon challenge.

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Eight members of the Flying Horse pool team played a total of 220 games during the fundraiser, pocketing more than £850 for six-year-old Skye Risby, who suffers from a rare genetic condition.

Skye and her family, who live in Needham Market, recently visited the team at the Waterford Road pub to thank them for their donation.

The money raised will help fund a specialist cycle trailer so Skye can be taken out on family bike rides with her parents Adam and Sarah and brother. Ewan.

Donna Firman, Skye’s grandmother, praised the players for their“absolutely amazing” efforts.

“They are all such lovely people and I could not believe what they had done for my granddaughter,” she said. “I just could not find the words to thank them – it’s so amazing to see there are such good people out there.”

Skye suffers from Rett syndrome – a rare condition that develops in toddlers, affecting their growth, mobility, and cognitive functions, eventually leading to their premature death.

The team had been so moved by Skye’s heartbreaking story that they felt compelled to help.

Team captain Andrew Palmer said he hoped the challenge would help the family and might also raise awareness about the little-known condition.

“We didn’t expect to do nearly as well but everyone was very generous and we’re really pleased with the total we raised,” he said.

Mr Palmer has thanked
everyone who supported the event.

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