A FANS’ campaign to get a wheelchair-bound Sheffield United supporter home for Christmas has won the backing of the players he loves to cheer.
The Blades are getting behind the campaign to secure funds for a lift to be installed which will allow 44-year-old Karl Darby, who suffers mycolonic epilepsy, to live at home in Woodseats with parents Roy and Barbara.
United fans have already raised more than £5,000 – and now the race is on to reach £15,000.
The players are encouraging people to dig deep to support one of their own.
Bucket collections, organised by Sheffield United Disabled Supporters’ Club, have been held at a game this season, with collectors at turnstiles.
Sheffield United managing director Dave McCarthy praised fans for helping the fundraising drive.
Andy Emsley, of Rotherham-based Classic Lifts, has already pledged to donate the equipment needed to install Karl’s stair lift.
Coda Studios, of Sheffield, are also dealing with the design and planning of the work which will be completed by Tony Walker, also of Sheffield.
Janet Ireland, secretary of Sheffield United Disabled Supporters, said Karl and his family were very grateful for everyone’s support.
He said: “The family are really overcome by the campaign, the generosity of so many Unitedites and the help they have received from Andy and the team working to install the lift.”