County cricket fans urged to sponsor player to raise money for severely disabled Northampton youngster

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Northants County Cricket player Steven Crook is urging fans to sponsor him to support the family of Northampton boy Lewis Herbert in their bid to build a sensory garden for their severely disabled son.

Steven is appealing for people to sponsor him per run or per wicket with the Northants T20 Blast season due to start on May 15.

Lewis Herbert, aged 12, was diagnosed with West’s Syndrome at three months old which then developed into Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) - a rare form of epilepsy which means he can have more than 100 seizures every day.

Lewis is unable to walk or talk and requires 24-hour care from his family at their home in St Benedicts Mount in West Hunsbury.

In their bid to give him something to safely play and interact with, Lewis’ parents, Gary and Lexi, have begun their ‘A Life for Lewis’ campaign to raise money to create a multi-sensory room, complete with lights, mirrors and bubble-tubes, in their home.

They say that Lewis loves the sensory room at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and that it is the only thing that makes him “happy, content and relaxed.”

Steven said: “When I was approached by Lewis’ dad I was more than happy to try and help Lewis realise his dream of a sensory room at home. I know how much this would mean to him and the immeasurable impact it would have on his life.

“It would be amazing if people were able to get behind this fantastic cause by donating to A Life for Lewis Appeal based on my performances for Northants Cricket for the 2015 season,” he added.

To support Steven’s fund-raising efforts, visit www.runs4funds.org and to find out more about A Life for Lewis, visit http://lexiherbert.wix.com/alifeforlewisappeal or https://www.justgiving.com/lifeforlewisappeal/