Ben’s Wish crusade gets major boost

Ben Robinson with the Leigh Centurions
Ben Robinson with the Leigh Centurions

A charity which is fund-raising to send a young cerebral palsy sufferer on a dream Caribbean trip has attracted the support of a leading Wigan business.

Car dealership Evans Halshaw has become one of the main sponsors of Leigh-based cause Ben’s Wish.

The charity is raising money to help 10-year-old Leyther Ben Robinson, who was born with cerebral palsy and is currently undergoing treatment for leukaemia, achieve his ambition of going to Jamaica.

The fund, which is also helping Ben and his family focus on plans for after his treatment, was set up by Leigh Centurions rugby league player Dayne Weston and Evans Halshaw has got involved as it sponsors the club.

Sports star Dayne met Ben when the Centurions team visited the children’s ward at a local hospital, with the two immediately getting along well and the youngster’s story striking a chord with the Australian forward.

Staff at the Vauxhall dealership in Martland Park say they are now planning a range of fund-raising events to help Ben and his family.

Dealer principal Neil Bassett said: “We sponsor the Leigh Centurions and know Dayne and the team very well.

“When I heard Dayne was setting up the fund for Ben, we just had to get involved to help this young boy who is being so brave.

“We will soon be announcing a number of events, including local charity rugby league matches and a tug-of-war competition, which will help to raise funds for this important cause.

“We’d encourage as many of our customers to look out for details on how to help us support Ben and his family.”

As well as the events being set up by Centurions fans and charity sponsors Ben’s Wish has created polo shirts to swell the fund-raising total even further.

Dayne said: “It’s great to have the support of Evans Halshaw behind Ben’s Wish.

“We are determined to raise as much as possible to help Ben’s wish come true.”

To find out more about the charity, follow on Twitter @Bens_Wish