Former Swindon Town captain Paul Caddis will be gracing the County Ground with his presence this Saturday as we prepare to take on Crewe Alexandra in League Two.
The Scot, now 34, had two spells at the club between 2010 and 2013 before returning in 2019 for two further years, racking up a combined 122 league appearances, scoring six times.
He captained the Town side during their league title win during the 2011/12 season, and incidentally, is the only Swindon player to win two championship trophies, as he was part of the promotion-winning team of 2019/20 too.
We’re delighted to be welcoming Paul to the County Ground this afternoon, where he’ll be the special guest on the popular Sir Tom Broadbent Lounge podcast, who will be broadcasting live from the Legends Lounge ahead of kick off from midday.
He’ll also be stepping foot back onto the hallowed turf at SN1 at half-time with our two league trophies to parade them around the pitch.
It will be great to have Paul back with us for the day, but there is also a more serious aspect of his visit, as he will also be raising awareness around his fundraising efforts for Type 1 Diabetes Research, with a very personal story behind it.
Back in February this year, his eldest daughter, Summer, who is 10, went for a routine doctor’s appointment after feeling unwell.
A series of blood tests revealed her blood sugar levels were extremely high, and within in a matter of days, she was hospitalised in a high dependency unit under 24-hour bedside care.
It turned out she’d suffered some serious complications as a result of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) – most common among people with type 1 diabetes, putting her life at risk.
Fortunately, in the space of 72-hours, her condition improved and she is now back to her lively, bubbly self, but the incident was a real eye-opener for Paul and the family, and he’s keen to raise money to help others who may experience similar.
In February next year, he’ll be completing the Three Peaks Challenge, regarded as one of the hardest feats of endurance, battling his way up Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – all in just 24-hours.
Well done Cadds! We can’t wait to see you tomorrow!