WEALDSTONE FC’s sports therapist is calling for donations of replica shirts to raise money for his disabled nephew.
James Smith hopes to generate enough money to buy equipment for eight-year-old Sam who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and has undergone 11 major operations since birth.
Mr Smith, 36, said: “Many people, including myself, have old shirts in their lofts that they will probably never look at or ever use again.
“Money can be made from selling these replica shirts via eBay. Although we know we will not make millions from them, we are confident collectors and supporters of these teams will buy them and it will add up to a good amount to help Sam.”
Sam, who uses a wheelchair, is a pupil at a mainstream school in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, near where he lives, and on Fridays goes to a charitable educational centre in the same town for physiotherapy treatment. James said his nephew has attended several Wealdstone games with his family and the club held a cerebral palsy awareness day in October 2010, when Sam was the game’s mascot against Lowestoft.
James said: “Funding for wheelchairs and equipment for Sam is very hard to find.
“Although he does get some small amounts of money, it is not enough and will be harder to find over the years.
“Sam is a bright lad and takes everything in his stride but there is no doubt that as his need for independence grows, he will need more and more support. A lot of funding has come from events organised by family and friends, without which Sam would not be able to lead the life his family would like.”
James has been promoting his campaign via Twitter and said he has had a good response so far but wants to spread the word further.
Any sports jersey will be accepted as long as it in a saleable condition.
? To donate your old replica shirts to James, e-mail him at email@example.com or via Twitter at @jimmysmith_76