Blackburn Rovers fans launch fundraiser for dementia-suffering Tony Parkes as PFA refuses to help

Blackburn fans are launching a crowdfunding page to raise £20,000 for dementia-stricken club hero Tony Parkes as the PFA are unwilling to contribute to the former midfielder’s healthcare costs

  • Tony Parkes spent his career at Blackburn Rovers as a player and manager
  • The former midfielder is now in a nursing home and suffers from dementia
  • His daughter, Natalie Parkes-Thompson, gave up her job to support her father
  • The PFA are unwilling to contribute to their costs, despite £62m
  • Rovers fans have set up a crowdfunding page to help fund the cost of his treatment











Blackburn Rovers supporters have launched a fundraising campaign to help one of their heroes suffering from dementia who was shunned by the PFA.

Tony Parkes, a midfielder who spent his career at the club as a player and manager, is in a care home and a group of Rovers fans have set up a crowdfunding page in an attempt to raise £20,000 to support her daughter with the cost of her to worry about.

Natalie Parkes-Thompson told sports mail how the union, with £62million in its coffers, is unwilling to contribute to its costs.

Blackburn Rovers fans have launched a fundraising campaign to help dementia-stricken hero Tony Parkes (pictured), who was shunned by the PFA

The former midfielder spent his career at Rovers as a player and manager

The former midfielder spent his career at Rovers as a player and manager

“Fans asked what they could do to help,” she said. “I’m not sure I’m 100 per cent comfortable with this – but I’ve asked and asked the PFA and they say there’s no help once someone comes in in establishment. I do not understand why.

Natalie, a mother of two, gave up her job as a teacher to look after her father, who held six positions as caretaker manager at Ewood Park.

She is now back at work but has considerable financial fears, saying, “Dad saved up and was reasonable with his money, but what do we do when it goes away?”

“I don’t want the PFA to fund all of his costs, but some help would help.”

Natalie spoke to new PFA chief executive Maheta Molango but said: “All we get is them working on it.”

She is grateful to those who donated, with the fund exceeding £6,500. “Dad loved Blackburn and the people,” she said. “It means so much.”

Former Blackburn striker Chris Sutton, a key figure in Sportsmail’s dementia campaign, said: “It’s a shame. The PFA have £62m but are not helping the Parkes family.

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