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Watford Observer readers help Tottenham Hotspur fan Glenn Phillips' dying wish come true
Readers and Spurs fans who were touched by a dying man’s request to watch his team one last time have offered him seats and corporate boxes at White Hart Lane.
Emails and phone calls have been pouring into the Watford Observer office since Glenn Phillips' story was featured in the newspaper last week.
Mr Philips has been unable to watch his favourite team play since September last year, owing to poor health.
He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2011, and roughly 50 per cent of people with the condition die within 14 months of diagnosis. There is no known cure.
The disease affects neurones in the brain and spinal cord, leading to loss of mobility, difficultly with speech, swallowing and breathing.
Mr Phillips 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.
"Going to Spurs is a 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.
"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."
As well as seats in the west upper stand, readers have offered suites and corporate hospitality boxes for Mr Phillips and his family, as well as kind words and well-wishes.
Among the offers was managing director of Ticketmaster UK, Simon Presswell, who offered the use of a corporate hospitality box.
He said: "I was touched to read the story of Glenn Phillips in the Watford Observer and to hear the details of his debilitating illness.
"The appeal for Glenn to experience one last Spurs game and create a lasting memory for his family is something I would like to try and help with.
"I would like to extend an invitation for Glenn and seven guests to enjoy a game in a corporate hospitality box at my expense between now and the end of January 2014."
Malcolm Raven from Raven Green and Company chartered surveyors offered two seats, as did Nicole Hall. Jamie Hardiman offered two seats in a suite.
Darren Nash said he would be happy for Mr Phillips and his brother to use his executive box, Daniel French from Transonics offered his hospitality box, as did Danny Cohen from SThree.
In addition, former Spurs players Micky Hazard and Graham Roberts got in touch on Twitter to say they were also going to help.
Mr Philips was formerly a head of faculty at Oaklands College in St Albans.
Yvette Marshall, who worked with Mr Phillips at Oakland's College, said: "Glenn is a great guy who always looks on the positives and would also help others, he has supported many people throughout the years and I am very pleased people are supporting him.
"Several of his old work friends that are no longer at Oakland's send him all our very best wishes and are doing what we can to meet his quest."
Mr Phillips said: "I am genuinely overwhelmed by the fantastic response. I had no idea people would be so kind and supportive. It is wonderful for me.
My heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who have donated so far. Come on you Spurs!"
Mr Phillips receives fortnightly support from Peace Hospice Care in Watford, which offers him a deep body massage from a complementary therapist.
Jackie Tritton, director of patient services at the hospice, said: "We are delighted that the Watford Observer has had a huge success in helping Glenn.
"At the Starlight Centre at Peace Hospice Care, we have been supporting Glenn and other patients living well with life limiting conditions. We are seeing a rise in referrals every week. We offer support to meet the holistic needs of every referred individual.
"It is very pleasing news to find out that the Watford Observer and the community have stepped in to help him achieve his wishes."
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