Jeff Pettit, former Football League and Premier League Assistant was a Football Referee Core Coach and Observer for many years while residing in Caterham. He also voluntarily ran the Referees’ Academy at Charlton Athletic for over 20 years, helping referees improve their game and move into the higher levels of officiating. His health has unfortunately been deteriorating following on from his diagnosis last year with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). PSP is a rare brain disorder that effects movement control of walking and balance, speech, swallowing, vision and thinking. The disease results from damage to nerve cells in the brain. His condition has deteriorated over the last few months as he is now showing all the above symptoms.
Local resident Jas Basi contacted us at the paper and said; “Jeff Pettitt has spent most of his life helping others to better themselves and have a positive start in life. It is now time for us to help him in his time of need.
Sadly Jeff now needs constant hour care; currently provided by his wife Fiona. He has been able to ‘bank’ his voice in order to enable him soon to generate electronic speech via a tablet however he will soon need to be cared for at a specialist residential nursing home which costs approximately £2000 per week, and which his family would not be able to afford.
He is well renowned within the football community and a go fund me page has been created by his wife to enable her to have some respite and ease the financial burden of the costs of oncoming nursing care and required equipment.