A DISABLED Sheffield United fan is returning home after 10 years – thanks to the kindness of Blades fans and players.
Karl Darby’s homecoming follows the latest event organised by the Sheffield United Disabled Supporters’ Club, which raised the final £900 towards the £15,000 target.
Karl suffers from myoclonic epilepsy and uses a wheelchair. For the past decade he has lived in supported accommodation at the Leonard Cheshire Home in Totley.
The club and fans have been raising money for more than a year to fund a stairlift to enable Karl to return to his family home permanently.
His mum Barbara, of Woodseats, said: “It’s fantastic we have now reached our target.
“The support we’ve received from Sheffield United, the supporters’ club and businessmen has been amazing.
“We are so grateful to all the fans that have contributed to the appeal by supporting the various fundraising activities. We can’t wait for Karl to return home.”
Supporters’ club Dave Lucas, who organised the latest event, a bowling night, said: “We were thrilled with the number of people who supported it and helped raise such a fantastic amount.
“All supporters’ club members are delighted and proud that we hosted the final fundraiser needed to ensure the fund reached £15,000.
“We hope the finishing touches needed on Karl’s home will be completed to enable him to return home for Easter.”
The Karl Darby campaign has included regular bucket collections at turnstiles, refreshment kiosks and public areas at Bramall Lane.
Dave McCarthy, United managing director, said: “Everyone at the club, from staff, fans and players, is delighted that we have reached our milestone target of raising £15,000.”