Sheffield United fans join Sheffield Wednesday supporters to help ex-Owls ladies player Kira Roberts

Sheffield United join with Sheffield Wednesday fans today – to help a young woman with rare illness

Sunday, 7th November 2021, 12:34 pm

Matt Garnett, from Crookes, has arranged a charity football match at Hillsborough Arena this afternoon, which he hopes will help raise the £45,000 needed to pay for an operation for Kira Roberts, who suffers from gastroparesis.

The illness caused her to lose around a third of her body weight and means Kira cannot process food.

Mike, a family friend said: “It’s vital that she gets her openation. She’s lost something like four stone in four months.”

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Sheffield Wedesnday fans are joining Sheffield United fans to help Kira Roberts a poorly ex Owls ladies player

"I've organised a charity football match which is taking place this coming Sunday (November 7)at Hillsborough arena, 2pm kick off. It's Owls v Blades fans.

“We are trying very hard to help raise the £45,000 needed for the operation she needs and get her life back on track.”

The players are paying £20 each. Spectators will be paying £2 per person, there will be a raffle and auction for a signed shirt.

Kira, aged 22, was a promising young player for the Owlesses before her illness, needs £45,000 for the treatment she requires, which she can’t get on the NHS.

The gastroparesis has led to her being fed through a tube as she drastically tries to put on some of the weight that she’s lost because of her illness.

The illness came after she fell into a canal whilst rowing for the University of Lincoln in December 2020, leading to a virus, and a form of viral hepatitis.

You can find Kira’s GoFundMe page here.

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