Two Wisbech charities have presented cash to Robert Smith in advance of last night’s trip to the WWE Raw World Tour show at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena.
Robert, who suffers from debilitating Proteus Syndrome (the same condition as John Merrick known as the elephant man), has been a life-long fan of the American-style wrestling and has always wanted to see it live.
But at over 8ft tall Robert is sadly bedridden and rarely gets to go out because his size makes it hard for his family to push him in a wheelchair and he needs a vehicle with a lift as transport.
His proud mum Rita contacted the Citizen after failing to find suitable transport for Robert to go to the Nottingham performance. An appeal in this paper resulted in a huge wave of support with offers of help from a variety of transport providers, carers offering time to accompany Robert and donations of cash to fund the outing.
As a result Robert was set to go to last night’s show in a non-emergency ambulance provided by the ambulance service and accompanied by two off-duty paramedics. His sister Marie, niece and a family friend were going with him.
And the Citizen managed to not only secure four tickets in an executive suite for Robert and his family thanks to the generosity of the Capital FM Arena, but also a chance to meet some of the stars of the show.
Wisbech Lions and Rotary Clubs each donated £100 spending money for Robert and his entourage to help pay for food, drink and memorabilia.
Staff at Wisbech’s Trinity Surgery also donated just over £33 for Robert and there were other anonymous cash donations from individual readers.
Coverage of Robert’s outing will be featured next week.