How sad it is to read about Carl Eaton being trolled into dropping his bid to become a borough councillor for Moorside. Carl, the founder and manager of Skem Men-Aces Disability Football Club, was the first individual to be granted the Freedom of the Borough of West Lancashire, having been given the award as recognition of his contribution to the community .
So who better to represent Moorside on the council than Carl, who was born with spina bifida and is a right leg amputee and who created the football club because of the lack of sports activities available for people with learning disabilities in Skelmersdale.
The club, which has more than 50 members, provides new experiences and opportunities for its members in order to give them the chance to be able to do things that they wouldn’t otherwise do .
Councillor Neil Furey, Mayor of West Lancashire, said at the time of the award “Carl has done an incredible amount of work for the Skem Menaces and thoroughly deserves this honour. I was very proud to be able to present the award to him, as I have visited the club on several occasions and seen what a difference it makes to the lives of its members”.
It’s reported that online abuse was “atrocious, repulsive and repugnant” and it drove him into withdrawing his intention to stand as the independent candidate he thought Moorside needed.
Perhaps all the people, 23,000, who signed the petition to save the 3G football pitch might now combine to persuade Mr Eaton to change his mind and provide the platform he, and Moorside, need for that community? And if he doesn’t, perhaps on election day Moorside voters might write his name on the ballot paper to register their disgust at how he has been treated?