Friends of amputee veteran organise sponsored football match to raise funds for Woundcare4heroes
A sponsored football match on Easter Sunday netted £475 for veterans’ charity Woundcare4heroes.
Pete O’Hagan, a childhood friend of injured veteran Michael Clough, organised a football match between two teams of men from Shipley and Baildon. Pete, who used to play football with Michael on a local side, now hopes to make it an annual fundraising event.
He said: “The score was three all, then Baildon won on penalties. I really enjoyed it – it was a very even match.”
Pete, who scored a goal for Shipley, said: “It is quite an amazing amount of money to raise from just a football match. We would definitely like to do it again next year and with better planning should be able to raise even more for Woundcare4heroes.”
Michael, 36, severely injured his leg in a parachute jump while serving in the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment in 2012. His leg was amputated above the knee three years later due to bone infection, but he was not able to wear a conventional artificial socket and prosthetic due to complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
This charity provided one-to-one wound care to help save his residual leg and led fundraising for a bone-anchored prosthetic not available on the NHS.
Michael asked his friends to donate the money raised from the football match to Woundcare4heroes, so the charity can support more injured veterans like him.