Blade Karl’s home fixture

Karl Darby is one step closer to going home for Christmas thanks to fellow Blades fans. Pictured with club manager Danny Wilson.

Karl Darby is one step closer to going home for Christmas thanks to fellow Blades fans. Pictured with club manager Danny Wilson.

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A LIFELONG Blade is one step closer to moving back home, hopefully for Christmas, thanks to a community campaign.

Karl Darby’s fellow Sheffield United supporters raised around £6,000 with collections for a lift to be installed at his family’s house on Cobnar Drive, Woodseats.

Karl, aged 45, is confined to a wheelchair with mycolonic epilepsy. He has lived in supported accommodation for a decade.

Blades manager Danny Wilson and striker Ched Evans met Karl’s family and saw work begin.

Mum Barbara, 69, said: “It does mean a lot to us to have Karl back home. I would like to say thank you to all the fans who have helped, it’s wonderful what they have done.”

Fans ran bucket collections organised by Sheffield United Disabled Supporters Club.

Andy Emsley, of Rotherham-based Classic Lifts Ltd, donated equipment to install the lift and architects’ firm Coda Studios planned and designed it.

Plans are under way for a charity football match between United legends and TV celebrities at Bramall Lane.

Club managing director Dave McCarthy said: “We can’t thank everyone enough for all their kind donations and offers of support.”

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