Blades dig deep for Karl

SHEFFIELD United fans have raised almost £2,000 with an auction to help a disabled Blades supporter.

The money, raised for the Karl Darby Fund, came from generous players, Blades fans and sponsors who donated items to an auction as part of United’s 12 Gifts for Christmas campaign.

A total of £1,860 was raised, which will go towards renovations at Karl’s parents’ home in Cobnar Drive, Woodseats, to accommodate complicated equipment designed to make his life easier.

Karl, 45, suffers from mycolonic epilepsy and, for the past 10 years, has lived in residential care. But now, thanks to the new equipment, he can move home.

The items up for auction included an autographed, limited edition copy of Def Leppard’s album Mirrorball, donated by the band’s singer Joe Elliott.