Blues boss backs poker tournament for Boro legend

Whitby Town manager Darren Williams and Carl O'Hara at the casino night they are organising for ex-Middlesbrough player Gary Parkinson, who has locked-in syndrome
Whitby Town manager Darren Williams and Carl O'Hara at the casino night they are organising for ex-Middlesbrough player Gary Parkinson, who has locked-in syndrome
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WHITBY Town boss Darren Williams is backing a glitzy money-spinner to raise funds for a Middlesbrough legend who made more than 200 appearances for the club.

Williams was a youngster at the ‘Boro centre of excellence where he was coached by ex-Boro defender Gary Parkinson (44) - who is now in hospital with locked-in syndrome - and thought a casino night would be a good way of helping out.

Locked in syndrome is a condition where the patient is aware and awake but cannot communicate due to paralysis.

Williams said: “I played in a benefit game for Gary at the Riverside and thought we could have a casino night to help too.

“We’re trying to get him back home and get renovations done to his property.”

The red carpet charity poker night, featuring top footballer, takes place at the recently-launched Grosvenor G Casino Stockton on Tuesday 28 February, with proceeds going to the Gary Parkinson Trust.

The competition will begin at 7pm following a champagne reception on arrival for all who enter.

There will be a buffet interval at 9pm before the tournament resumes and the champions claim their prize, with Grosvenor G Casino Stockton adding £500 to the pot.

Tickets cost just £25 to enter and will need to be purchased in advance, with a surprise guest speaker on the night, as well as a charity auction and the chance to have your picture taken with ‘Boro footballing heroes.

For more information, contact Anne on (01642) 927450 or visit the casino at 4 Chandlers Wharf, Bridge Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3BA