Middlesbrough FC is proud to be working with Remembering Rebecca as one of the club's official charity partners for the 2016/17 season.

Remembering Rebecca was set up in 2011 in memory of Rebecca Sands, who sadly died in August 2010, aged just 21 months. The charity offers financial assistance to children, from birth to 16 years, with Lissencephaly and other rare neurological conditions. In six years, Remembering Rebecca has gone from strength to strength, and has helped over 100 families.

"The cost of specialist equipment is high," explains Helen Sands.

"A small handheld toy could be £150 and specialist bikes are over £1,000 - prices which to many families would struggle to afford.

"Remembering Rebecca aims to help cover these costs, as well as offering respite care and events for siblings of children with such conditions.
"It means so much to these families - it can really change lives."

Helen says that it is a big boost to have the backing of Boro and the club's supporters.

"My brother [Rebecca's Dad] was a Season Card holder but he gave up everything when she got poorly to be her carer," she says.

"To have the support of Middlesbrough FC is a massive win for us - we're only a local family and we hadn't had anything this big.

"As part of our 'Making Memories' project we bring families to the Riverside as well, so it means a lot to have the support of the club."
Remembering Rebecca will be holding a bucket collection at the Riverside Stadium for Boro's game against Manchester United, so please spare any change to support this worthy cause.

Otherwise, you can find out more at www.remembering-rebecca.co.uk

The club's two other charity partners for the campaign are Guide Dogs UK and The James Campbell Trust.