Midfielder sold the medal via auction to Ken and John Alker for £820, with further £180 donations from Ken and Latics forward Nick Powell taking the total amount raised for Love4LexiMae to £1,180.
- Max Power presents his Sky Bet League One winners medal to Ken and John Alker.
- Midfielder’s gesture raises over £1,000 for Love4LexiMae.
- Power: “Thanks to Ken and John for their generosity, it's for a great cause"
Wigan Athletic midfielder Max Power presented his 2015-16 Sky Bet League One winners medal to Ken and John Alker on Thursday morning after the father and son were the winning bidders on his auction for the medal last month.
Power put his medal up for auction to raise funds and awareness for Lexi-Mae Brown, a two-year-old from Wigan, who suffers with Edward’s Syndrome, also known as trisomy 18, which is a serious genetic condition caused by an additional copy of chromosome 18 in some or all of the cells in the body.
Lexi-Mae’s story has touched the heart of the Wigan community and Max has been regularly in contact with her parents Lindsay and Paul after he first was made aware of the story. Max carried Lexi-Mae out onto the pitch ahead of our match with Barnsley in the 2015-16 season as our mascot and also attended her birthday party.
Speaking about his connection with the family and why he auctioned his medal, Max said:
“First and foremost, I want to thank Ken and John for their generosity; the money goes to a great cause and one close to my heart.
"I know Lyndsey and Paul are really appreciative and I am just pleased a small gesture from me can go a long way for them and allow them to perhaps take Lexi-Mae and her sister Maisie on holiday.
"Even today Ken added more money to the bid to take it up to £1,180 with Powelly's donation too."
Winning bidders Ken and John Alker, added:
“To be honest, we were just happy to win the medal so for Max to invite us to the training ground and the staff to let us stay for the morning and have a look around, we're just truly overwhelmed.
"It is great that Lexi-Mae and her family will benefit from the proceeds - we think everyone is happy all round!"
Lexi-Mae’s parents Lyndsey and Paul were so thankful for Max’s gesture and the money from Ken, John and Nick Powell, which will help the family to go on holiday with Lexi-Mae and her sister Maisie.
“Max is such a lovely lad; he has done so much for us and his support has been appreciated so much.
"The fact Ken and John donated more money today on top of their already incredible genoristy is wonderful and we are very thankful that this will help us to take Lexi-Mae away but also raise awareness for her condition and potentially give other children like Lexi more of a chance in life.
"She continues to defy the odds - much like the Wigan motto - it puts a smile on her face every time she sees Max."