Money raised on behalf of footballers Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs who were victims of a hit-and-run collision in Newmarket in July 2016 has been presented to them by Suffolk FA.
Shaun, who played for Newmarket Town, had both legs amputated while Joey, who had played for The Jockeys before moving to Soham Town Rangers, suffered a serious injury to his right leg.
Suffolk FA, which had previously donated £1,000 to Shaun and Joey, invited the players to be Guests of Honour at their end-of-season Awards Night – sponsored by McDonald’s, Ransomes Jacobsen and The KBB Centre – at Trinity Park and donate the proceeds, which amounted to £1,010, raised through a game of Heads & Tails.
Suffolk FA Chief Executive Richard Neal plus directors Bruce Badcock and Roger Peck attended Newmarket Town’s home match versus Haverhill Borough on Tuesday evening to make the presentation.
Suffolk FA Marketing & Communications Officer Nick Garnham said: “It was great to see Shaun and Joey again and hear how they are progressing.
“I remember the first time I met Shaun and Joey six months ago. Shaun was getting used to his prosthetic legs, taking steps slowly and walking with the aid of a stick. Now he is standing and walking unaided, while Joey is enjoying playing football for Fulbourn in the Cambridgeshire League and has scored a few goals already this season.
“As a County FA we are delighted to have been able to help two local footballers during what has been a difficult time during their lives, and thankful to Newmarket Town for allowing us to do the presentation on their 3G pitch.”