Little boy from Corby could communicate with family for first time

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A round-the-clock netball tournament will help raise cash for a gadget to help a disabled boy from Corby to communicate with his family.

Owen Trickett suffers from rare MECP2 duplication syndrome which means he is unable to talk to his family and has seizures, respiratory problems and global development delay.

A groundbreaking piece of equipment called an eye gaze - originally developed for Professor Stephen Hawking - will help Owen to use eye movement to communicate with his family for the first time.

Members of Corby Netball Club have organised a 24-hour netball-a-thon, aiming to raise £2,000 to go towards the eye gaze for the Kingsley School pupil.

Organiser Hazel McConnell said the tournament is open to players and teams of all standards, including teams of workmates, established netball teams and groups of friends.

She said: “We’ll be playing for the full 24-hours, around the clock, at the Corby Business Academy.

“The matches will last for an hour each so we need 48 teams to take part which is quite a challenge!

“It’s going to be roll-on, roll-off so the game never stops.

“Owen’s sister comes to the club so we decided that we should do something to help him. The eye-gaze will make a huge difference to his life.”

Entry to the tournament is £35 per team and there will be a raffle with fantastic prizes donated by local companies and organisations including first class tickets to any Midland Mainline destination and a £100 voucher from RS Components.

The event takes place from 9am on Saturday, October 22, to 9am on Sunday, October 23.

Anyone interested in taking part can contact Hazel on 07821617551 or via email at