Spireites’ superfan Zoe aims to score with fundraising drive for charity

DOING IT THE EDGEY WAY -- the inspiring Zoe Edge, who would like your support in raising money for two prized organisations.

DOING IT THE EDGEY WAY -- the inspiring Zoe Edge, who would like your support in raising money for two prized organisations.

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One of Chesterfield’s most dedicated football fans is hoping to score with a fundraising drive to boost organisations that have helped her conquer a lifelong disability.

Zoe ‘Edgey’ Edge, 42, was born with athetoid cerebral palsy, which affects most of her key functions, including movement and speech. She needs help with basic tasks, such as feeding, dressing and bathing.

But she has never let the disability stop her living life to the full, and she became a successful sportswoman who won a silver medal at the 1996 Paralympic Games, playing boccia.

Now, she says, it’s time to reward the two of the main bodies who have helped her along the way. They are Chesterfield FC Community Trust, the charity that provides a range of activities, and Fountaindale School, in Mansfield, which supports youngsters with complex needs and which Zoe attended for many years.

She is hoping to raise money for both the Trust and the school through a series of events and initiatives. And the message she wants to get across is: “Disabilty is no barrier and should not stop you doing anything you want.”

Zoe, who follows the Spireites home and away and was named their supporter of the year in 2014, is producing a video and calendar. But at the heart of her campaign is a dinner at the Proact Stadium on Friday, October 21, with entertainment by internationally-acclaimed singer David Austen and the Bolsover-based Anthony Parsons.

All the details can be found online via a Facebook page, entitled Edgey Does It Her Way, and a JustGiving page, where donations can be made.