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Terry rides in to fulfil Paul's wish; CHARITY: Money from golf tournament helps disabled man enjoy his special ambition.

Byline: Michael Corley

A DAD whose infant son was killed by his ex-partner's boyfriend has raised pounds 1,000 to fulfil the lifelong ambition of a young disabled man.

Terry Atkinson says he's poured all his anger and grief into collecting cash for local youngsters who need a boost, after his 14-month-old son, Jack Carding, died nine years ago at the hands of Karl Ison.

Ison was jailed for five years after being found guilty of manslaughter in 2001.

Terry, a 47-year-old decorator, has been running the Jack Carding Cup - a charity golf tournament - for five years. He was determined some of the pounds 1,300 generated this year should pay for 22-year-old Paul Flowers to realise his dream of riding horses.

Paul, the stepson of Terry's mate Pete Kyte, was treated to his first session in the saddle at Lowlands Farm, near Shrewley, on Thursday. Shortly afterwards, money for about a year's worth of riding lessons was handed over at The Arches Snooker Club, on the Arches Industrial Estate, in Spon End.

Paul's mum, Lynne, says her son, who is autistic and affected by microcephaly - which means his head is smaller than average, was transformed by the experience. The 50-yearold, who lives in The Headlands, Chapelfields, said: "We always take him to feed the horses at Coundon Wedge because he loves them so much. "But to see him riding a horse for the first time was great. His eyes grew really big, and his face was just beaming."

Terry, who lives in Tile Hill, said: "Pete has been a good friend of mine for 10 years and I used to go to school with Lynne, so they were the ideal people to give the money to.

"My son died in tragic circumstances, but at least his death has helped improve the lives of many others in need."

Terry went on to thank Stephen and Katie Huckvale of the Hare and Hounds, in Keresley End, who have helped stage charity events related to the Jack Carding Cup.

*The Arches ceased trading some weeks ago. Terry has teamed up with former owner Steve Gough with the aim of relaunching it.


LS170909jack-05.jpg GOOD FROM TRAGEDY..Above from left Terry Atkinson, Paul Flowers and Pete Kyte; top left, Jack Carding; top right, Paul Flowers on his day out.LS170909jack-03.jpg
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Date:Sep 21, 2009
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