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Programme publisher joins fund-raising bid for injured journalist

Gary CarterA company which publishes match-day programmes for a top French Rugby League club is helping raise funds for a journalist injured in a street attack.

Gary Carter, a former staffer with the Manchester Evening News and Lancashire Telegraph, suffered serious head injuries in the 6 November attack after covering an England rugby league match in the capital.

Rugby league fans have since launched a fund-raising appeal for the 35-year-old journalist from Stalybridge, who has been in hospital since the attack.

Now RAN Publishing, which designs match-day programmes and annual handbooks for the Perpignan-based Catalan Dragons, is giving away free copies of its 2016 handbook to season ticket holders in exchange for donations to the appeal.

In addition, profits from the sales of the handbook in the UK will also go towards the fund.

Handbooks can be ordered by emailing [email protected].  Donations can also be made at Gary’s Just Giving page.

A court heard last month that Gary, pictured above with wife Gemma, may never work again and delayed sentence on his attacker until his prognosis is better known.

James Flanagan, 35, had been due to be sentenced by Snaresbrook Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm at a previous magistrates court hearing.