Over a thousand fans turn out to support injured footballers

PUBLISHED: 12:03 12 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:03 12 October 2016

Cambridge United charity event to raise money for two footballers who were seriously injured in a crash earlier this month. Shaun Whiter had to have both legs amputated, while Joey Abbs was also hurt following the collision three weeks ago on Dullingham Road near Newmarket. They are pictured with winning team Cambridge City. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge United charity event to raise money for two footballers who were seriously injured in a crash earlier this month. Shaun Whiter had to have both legs amputated, while Joey Abbs was also hurt following the collision three weeks ago on Dullingham Road near Newmarket. They are pictured with winning team Cambridge City. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Injured footballers Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs have thanked the community for its “overwhelming love and support” following a fundraising event at Cambridge United.

Players and fans turned out in their masses at the Cambs Glass Stadium to raise money for the pair who were injured in a horrific hit-and-run incident in July.

Cambridge United organised and hosted the event which was backed by Cambridgeshire FA as teams from Cambridge City, Soham Town Rangers, Newmarket Town and Fulbourn Institute took part in a tournament throughout Sunday afternoon.

A joint statement by Shaun and Joey said: “Firstly, we would like to thank everyone for coming on Sunday. It has been a hard and emotional few months and has been challenging both physically and mentally, but the overwhelming love and support has been fantastic and much appreciated.

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“We would like to thank everyone that has donated and all those who sent their best wishes.

“Individually, we would like to thank my wife Harriet and Shaun’s fiancée Charlotte, along with all of our friends and family for your continued love and support. You have all been amazing.

“We would like to thank all the teams for coming and participating as well as all of their support staff for helping to organise the day.”

The pair also thanked Cambs FA, Cambridge Zumba classes, Mildenhall Speedway, Joey’s employer Mundipharma and the media.

The statement continued: “The support we have both received from the NHS was fantastic. We would like to give a special mention to Peter Hall who operated on both Shaun and I, and we will both be forever grateful.

“Lastly, we would like to give a huge thanks to all the staff of Cambridge United for their help in planning and giving up their time on the day. We would particularly like to thank Jez George for not only organising this fantastic day but supporting Shaun and I from the very beginning through this difficult journey. He has been amazing, so thank you.”

More than 1,600 fans attended the event as Cambridge City defeated Newmarket Town in the final 3-1, with Joey and Shaun presenting the cup to the winning team.

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