Sheffield Wednesday captain Reda Johnson is calling on fans to help him raise £10,000 for a school serving children with special needs.
He kicked off the fundraising effort by donating £5,000 of his own cash to Norfolk Park School and is now urging others to follow suit to help raise the remaining £5,000 needed to pay for a ‘magic carpet’ – a sensory learning tool which projects interactive games onto the floor and responds to the slightest of movements.
Reda, aged 25, made his donation after visiting the school and being touched by the plight of nine-year-old Sophie Hindmarsh, who suffers a condition that limits her movement and means she can communicate only through eye movement, rarely reacting to others.
But Sophie smiled at the sight and sound of Reda, and one week after his visit to her school he returned with a cheque and pledged to do all he could to help raise the remaining £5,000 needed.
The generous Owl, from Marseilles in France, said: “I’ve been touched by Sophie and all the pupils of Norfolk Park.
“I didn’t know about conditions like hers but now I do and I want to do everything I can to help.”
n To donate to the appeal visit justgiving.com/norfolkparkschool or text GIVE07 and a donation to 70070 to donate.