2 Year old Max raises over £850 for charity at Birmingham Moseley

First XV // Friday 1st April 2022

Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club had a very important guest for last Saturday’s home match as two-year-old Max Heaver led the teams out to help raise money for NICE – Centre for Movement Disorders.

Max, who is the son of former Moseley player Lee Heaver, has cerebral palsy but despite his condition, took to Billesley Common as mascot prior to kick-off, before throwing and kicking the ball 35 times on the pitch at half time for the #NICE35Challenge in front of a 640-strong crowd.

Despite damage to more than 40% of his brain, Max and his bright personality have defied the experts, with the family having been told to expect him to be blind, non-verbal, and never able to walk or swallow.

Max’s amazing efforts saw the £500 target smashed, raising £847.82 in total for NICE, which provides a range of support for people with movement disorders through the delivery of Conductive Education.

Adam Balding, Director of Rugby at Birmingham Moseley, said: ‘It was a delight to have Max leading the teams out before the match. He clearly has rugby in his blood and his story can act as an inspiration to us all.

‘We put a lot of emphasis on our community it was an amazing effort by everyone involved to raise this money for such a fantastic cause with a local charity in the form of NICE.’

Matters in the match itself saw the home side slip to a 17-29 defeat to Bishop’s Stortford, but Moseley remain in mid-table with four games to go in the National League One season.

If you’d like to find out more about NICE’s fantastic work, head to their website: https://conductive-education.org.uk/

Max’s Journey at NICE-Centre for Movement Disorders.

Here at NICE-Centre for Movement disorders we work with children and adults with neurological movement disorders. We integrate movement and education to help children with physical difficulties to achieve their milestones.

We first met Max and his mother Aimee on the 29th of June 2021, when they came for an initial consultation with us.

Max has made fantastic progress throughout his 9 months attendance at NICE. He can now confidently walk using his Kaye-walker and can now take a few independent steps. We are amazed by his drive to learn and take part in physically hard activities.

We can see Rugby is a big part of Max’s family life and we was so proud to see him lead the team out and kick and throw the ball 35 times in such a big stadium! We were moved to see how determined and brave Max was in such an unfamiliar situation.

We are very thankful to Max, his family and the Birmingham Rugby club for supporting our charity. The money raised will make a huge difference to lives of children and adults with neurological movement disorders, along with spreading awareness of our services and what we do here.