Witchford Colts charity match for injured footballers nets over £700

PUBLISHED: 16:07 29 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:07 29 July 2016

The two teams shake hands before their charity match.

The two teams shake hands before their charity match.

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Charitable football talents from Witchford have raised over £700 to help two local footballers' rehabilitation after they were involved in a hit and run earlier this month.

Action from the charity match between Witchford Colts under 11s and under 12s.Action from the charity match between Witchford Colts under 11s and under 12s.

Shaun Whiter, 27, and 30-year-old Joey Abbs, who plays for Soham Town Rangers, were left with serious injuries after a car smashed into them while they were changing a tyre in Newmarket on July 1.

Shaun’s injuries were so severe that both his legs were amputated below the knee and Joey has been forced to wear a knee brace.

The men’s friends, family and the local football community have rallied round to help them, with the kitty now standing at over £85,000 – including a generous donation of £711 from Witchford Colts.

Two of the East Cambs club’s youth sides – the under 11 and under 12s – met at Witchford Recreational Ground on July 26, and under 12s team coach, Alfie Tate, says that his players were happy to help the cause.

Over £700 was raised from the match on July 26.Over £700 was raised from the match on July 26.

“The charity match was a huge success,” he said. “Our target before the night was £500 so we’ve gone well beyond our aim.

“With the great support of the public, who I can’t thank enough, we’ve beaten our target and that’s what made the night a bit more emotional.

“I know that sum of money is going to help them so much and I’m thrilled that I could be a part of it with the support of some great people.

“It was a great game of football and my boys in particular played some very attractive football. I think all the supporters who came down enjoyed the match as there were quite a few goals in each half.”

The two JustGiving pages set up for Shaun and Joey can be found here and here.

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