Fund-raisers were delighted yesterday to make more than £2,000 to help their friend Danny Hemsley who lost his leg in a freak accident.
They came together to organise a football match at the AFC Uckfield Town ground behind the Rajdutt Restaurant in Eastbourne Road and put on a feast for those who came along to watch.
Naomi Gunn, who sent pictures of the event to Uckfield News said it was a “massive success”. In all £2,277.66 was raised.
Naomi said: “The turnout was very impressive and it was amazing to see the community spirit in full force. It is at times like this that you really appreciate what a fantastic town Uckfield is to live in as in a crisis we really do all pull together.”
She said the organisers, Maria and Gary Russell, and Danny, a father-of-three from Maresfield, were grateful to those who donated to the event.
Kelly Dean organised the tombola and Lisa Glanz and Nicola Cogger the cake stall.
All the meat was donated by Waitrose in Hailsham, Anglo Beef in Tunbridge Wells, Bishops Butchers in Uckfield, Bird in Eye Farm and Andrew from Malpas Markets.
Uckfield Football Club allowed full use of all their facilities. Halifax in Uckfield supported the event and are matching a percentage of the funds raised.
Tesco in Uckfield donated a £25 gift voucher which was used to purchase sundries and Waitrose in Uckfield also donated sundries for the event.
Freedom Leisure donated several prizes as did Academy of Hair in Uckfield. Weatherspoons in Crowborough also contributed.
Cakes were donated from far and wide by friends and family of Danny as well as people who didn’t even know him.
The football teams playing were Brickmakers Arms Blaggers v Danny’s Legends. The score was 4 to 3 to Danny’s team.
Naomi said: “Due to such generosity from the community ALL the money raised from this event has gone straight into Danny’s fund. We had a massive tombola which alone raised in excess of £600.”
Danny’s wife Lindsey also said thank you to everyone who came along on the day. “We can’t thank you enough for your support and donations.”
There was a big thank you to Uckfield Grasshoppers, who Charlie plays for. They have donated £200 to the appeal.
Danny’s friends want to buy a state-of-the-art prosthetic limb which will enable the 38-year-old to carry on his previously active lifestyle, particularly playing football with his football-made eight-year-old son Charlie.
Danny lost his leg after tripping and falling onto a glass table severing an artery in his right leg while helping a friend move a sofa. “All he was doing was what he does all the time, helping other people,” said Naomi.
If you would like to help with the fund-raising please visit the Danny Hemsley GoFundMe page.
BBC South East reported at the football match yesterday. A clip can be seen here starting three minutes in.
Read more about fund-raising for Danny here: Friends rally after Danny loses leg in freak accident