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Dying Bushey man, Glenn Phillips’, wish to see Tottenham Hotspur play one last time
Tucked away in a drawer at Glenn Phillips’ home in Fox Close, Bushey, is a well-worn silk Spurs scarf.
It was given to him on February 24 1973 – the day, as a seven-year-old, he first went to White Hart Lane to see his beloved Spurs.
Sitting next to his brother Gary in the Park Lane End (South Upper) to cheer on his team has been part of his life ever since that memorable match against Everton.
But in September last year, Glenn made his way to his season ticket seat for the last time. He knew it was unlikely he would be part of the glorious live game again. His health was against him.
Glenn had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) at 11am on August 18, 2011. It is a date firmly etched in his mind. MND is a progressive debilitating disease that affects two in every 100,000 people.
Around 50 per cent of people suffering MND die within 14 months of diagnosis. There is no known cure and those with MND experience the motor nerves of neurones in the brain and spinal cord being affected leading to loss of mobility, difficultly with speech, swallowing and breathing.
Glenn said: “I cannot explain the hell I went through for the first two weeks after my diagnosis. I know there is no way out of MND. It will kill me. I do look at the world so differently now.
“It’s not the big profound things in life I worry about, but all the small things everyone takes for granted. Nobody thinks twice about being able to cook, drive, write or use a computer.
“I can’t do those things any more. I can’t even do my own jeans up or wear my favourite shirt as someone has to do the buttons up for me. That is my reality.
“Going to Spurs is another part of life I can’t do any more. I am not well enough to be in my season ticket seat outside. My muscles have wasted. That means I get bitterly cold, colder than anyone can imagine.
“I miss Spurs, and it’s so hard for my brother. Following my team on the TV is not the same. I do yearn to go back one more time.
“I have applied for Spurs Wishes so I can get into a business suite. There is a long list and I appreciate I must wait but I don’t have time on my side.”
Glenn is appealing to any fans who can give up their suite seat just for one match for him and his brother.
“It is my greatest dream to be part of the crowd again, feel the atmosphere, and be back at the club that has given me so much and so many memories.”
Despite MND robbing him of football, Glenn, who was formerly a head of faculty at Oaklands College in St Albans, remains strong in mind and spirit. He receives fortnightly support from Watford based Peace Hospice Care which offers him a deep body massage from a complementary therapist.
“That massage does everything for me,” said Glenn. “It is the only time I can feel any sensation in my arms. It reaches the deep tissue and it is wonderful.”
While Glenn continues to get support from Peace Hospice Care, he is determined to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease and has been instrumental in launching a local meeting and social group for those with MND. “People like me with MND will have a chance to come together with their carers or family. It’s important those with MND have a chance to meet and I am driving it forward.”
Glenn added: “This disease is a living nightmare. With the time I have left, I want to create awareness. I also want to put on my Spurs silk scarf and get back to White Hart Lane.”
For information on Motor Neurone Disease visit www.mnd.association.org.
To find out about the Herts Branch of MND where Glenn has set up social meeting group visit www.mndasouthherts.org.
If you can offer Glenn a Spurs suite seat, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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