Frying pans at the ready: prepare for the Rugby Pancake Race

Lion Tony Haddrell, Diana Hawkins and Lion George King with William Lamont, for whom the race will raise money
Lion Tony Haddrell, Diana Hawkins and Lion George King with William Lamont, for whom the race will raise money
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It’s almost time to bring out the frying pans for this year’s traditional Pancake Race.

Rugby Rokeby Lions are asking individuals, groups and companies to support the fun event which starts at noon in Sheep Street on February 17 .

As always there is an invite to ladies to take part in the annual fancy dress event.

This year’s race will raise funds for William Lamont and Lions’ Charities. Two-year-old William was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition known as Kleefstra Syndrome a year ago. There were only 75 known cases in the UK as recently as 2009.

A tiny piece missing from near the end of one of the body’s 46 chromosomes and is believed to cause the major symptoms of the syndrome. At present William weighs 16kg, which is some 20 per cent above average for his age, and has outgrown all conventional pushchairs. He suffers from low muscle tone which makes him feel floppy and unable to raise himself from a lying position; at present is unable to talk or communicate with his parents. As well as being unable to walk or stand, it is possible that he may have learning difficulties and a low immune system.

The Lions are trying to raise more than £2,000 to buy a specialised pushchair so parents Emma and Paul will able to transport William to everyday activities.

To register contact Lions Mike Swan (01788) 521205, Terry Byrne (01788) 576011 or Graham Yates (01788) 52115 by February 10.