Twincess fundraiser was a knockout

Matt Parry, back row, centre, gives the thumbs up with his Twincess team

Matt Parry, back row, centre, gives the thumbs up with his Twincess team

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ORGANISERS of an It’s a Knockout tournament have hailed the charity event as a huge success.

Hundreds of people attended the fund-raiser at Charnock Richard Football Club, which was in aid of the Twincess charity.

The event was organised by founder of the charity Matthew Parry.

Matthew and his wife Jodi have twin daughters Abigail and Isobel, aged three, as well as six-year-old son Finlay.

The girls were born with Down’s Syndrome and the charity was set up to help raise awareness of the condition.

A number of well-known faces turned out in support, including Chorley FC players Andrew Teague and Mark Ross.

Former Bury and Altrincham goalkeeper Craig Dootson also competed in the event as did former Bamber Bridge midfielder Lennie Reid.

Television star Tommy Jessop, who also has Down’s Syndrome, was in attendance at the Mossie Park club. Tommy is well known for his roles in Casualty and Doctors.

Several teams took to the It’s a Knockout course with each team wearing a different coloured t-shirt.

Speaking after the event, which was last Sunday, Matthew said: “It was absolutely perfect and a huge success. It made all of the stress in the build up worthwhile.

“Raising awareness of Down’s Syndrome was our aim, but to see so many competitors take part, who also have Down’s was excellent and it’s more than we could have imagined.

“It was great to meet so many new people as well as those that have been on the journey with us from the start.

“Thank you doesn’t even come close to the gratitude we feel.”