Fundraiser pulls in a thousand of pounds to help veteran walk again
A fundraiser in a football club was a real winner for Lancashire war veteran Michael Clough.
Friends and family of the amputee ex-soldier, including military surgeon Col Steven Jeffrey who operated on him and Claire Stephens, founder of Woundcare4heroes, attended the evening event on Saturday February 3 at Ossett Town Association Football Club.
Some fabulous raffle prizes, an auction and a bucket on the bar all helped to boost the total sum raised to £6,700.
Ms Stephens said: “Woundcare4heroes would like to thank all the amazing people who have supported their local veteran to have this surgery. Michael is incredibly positive despite all he has been through and very motivated to walk again.”
During the evening, a cheque for £2,925 was presented by William Whitaker, 15, on behalf of Slaidburn Young Farmers who chose Michael’s Walk Again appeal as one of their two chosen charities for 2017.
William’s mum, Justine Whitaker, a consultant nurse who runs Northern Lymphology Clinic and has treated Michael, also presented a cheque for £530 in donations from her patients.
Michael, 36, a Yorkshire Regiment veteran, severely fractured his leg in a parachute training exercise in Cyprus in 2012. After three years and multiple surgeries, his left leg was amputated above the knee.
Michael’s Walk Again Appeal is aiming to raise £72,000 so he can fly to Australia for pioneering surgery not available on the NHS. The ex-soldier, who served in Afghanistan, is unable to use a conventional prosthetic with a socket and needs a bone-implanted one to walk again. Currently, he gets around on one leg with the help of crutches.
Last weekend (February 17-18), 14 of Michael’s closest friends went on a sponsored military-style loaded march across Yorkshire’s three highest peaks.
Woundcare4heroes has provided one-to-one clinical care and support to Michael and is spearheading his Walk Again Appeal.
To donate and read more about the appeal see http://www.woundcare4heroes.org.uk/campaigns/michael-walk-again-appeal