Supporters of stricken Sheffield boxer Jerome Wilson have united to raise money for his devastated wife and young children – as the fighter battles to survive a ‘horrendous’ brain injury following a knockout punch.
Jerome Wilson, aged 29, from Arbourthorne, remains in a coma in a critical condition at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital after undergoing lifesaving brain surgery.
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As well as being a professional boxer, Jerome supports his wife Michelle and four children – two boys and two girls – by working as a self-employed fitness trainer.
Now a campaign has been set up called the Jerome Wilson Fund, to help the family while the boxer fights for life, and donations are rolling in from supporters across South Yorkshire.
Dozens of events have been organised so far, from a sponsored head shave and marathon runs to a fun day, charity boxing night and gala dinner.
Scott Reynolds, who works alongside Jerome as a trainer at the Prime Mover gym on Jessop Street in the city centre, said the response was a ‘true testament’ to his pal. “It restores your faith in humanity, lots of people we don’t even know are doing things,” he said.
Scott said the extent of Jerome’s brain damage is still unclear. Surgery has helped to relieve pressure caused by swelling inside his skull.
“He sustained a horrendous brain injury,” said Scott. “He is fighting for his life – he might not come out of this, which we don’t even want to think about. But if anyone can make a recovery out of this, it’s Jerome. He such a strong individual, he will fight to the death.”
A sponsored head shave was held yesterday at the Lipstick Lounge salon in Herringthorpe, Rotherham, and the family fun day is taking place at the gym next Sunday, September 28, with a raffle, stalls and other activities.
“It’s so touching,” said Scott, who is helping to co-ordinate the fundraising.
“Jerome was self-employed so it impacts on his family.
“While he is in the condition he is in, and during his hopeful recovery, the family will have no income.
“We just want to take the burden off them at the moment. There have been a lot of tears.”
Jerome was knocked unconscious in the sixth round of his bout against Burngreave-based Serge Ambomo at iceSheffield last Friday.
His team and opposing coach – Hillsborough-based trainer Glyn Rhodes – dashed into the ring when they realised disaster had struck and put the boxer into the recovery position.
Donations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org using the PayPal service.