Charity game called-off

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A CHARITY match between a host of Sheffield United legends and celebrity players to raise funds for a life-long Blades fan to return home for Christmas has been called off.

The fixture, featuring stars from Coronation Street and Eastenders and due to take place at Sheffield FC’s stadium in Dronfield on Sunday, has become a victim of the weather.

Heavy rain, snow and sleet has waterlogged the pitch and made it unplayable for the match in aid of Karl Darby.

United’s managing director Dave McCarthy said: “This is a real disappointment. But we are still determined to help Karl and his family and we will be very shortly making an announcement about a major Christmas fund raising project involving lots of our players and the club.”

Karl suffers from Myoclonic Epilepsy and is confined to a wheelchair. He is a die-hard Blades fan who attends every United home match and many away games with his dad Roy.

The charity game was set to boost the Karl Darby fund, which is raising money to install an external stair lift at Karl’s parent’s home in Woodseats, Sheffield. For the past decade he has lived in supported accommodation but hopes to return to his family home permanently in time Christmas.