The family of a boy who lost his leg after a road accident have thanked those who helped raise £5,000 to help him play sport again.
Nick Goold paid tribute to the “incredible” support of the community around Stamford after a charity football match on Sunday.
It was held in aid of Nick’s son Seb, 10, who was seriously injured when he fell from a moving coach in April last year.
The Wansford family set up the Seb Goold Trust to raise money for a state-of-the-art prosthetic leg. Sunday’s match, organised by One Touch Football coach Scott McKenzie, attracted a crowd of 400 to Stamford AFC’s Zeeco Stadium and brought the family £5,000 closer to their goal.
Speaking to the crowd after the match against a Peterborough United legends team, Nick said: “The local community around Stamford have and continue to be just incredible in their kindness.
“To say we’re completely overwhelmed is a total understatement.”
“It’s really hard to believe that this time last year we were completely unaware of what was about to happen to Seb and what was about to hit us as a family,” Nick added.
“And now, standing here today, it all seems a world away from those very dark and grim few weeks at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, when it was far from clear whether Seb would survive at all.
“Needless to say, we are so proud of Seb, his courage and determination and the recovery that he continues to make, but also for his twin brother Ben who has been incredible in how he’s managed to carry on, often without mum or dad around, and adjust to our new normal.”
Nick played in the One Touch Football team alongside other dads and coaches. But the real star was Seb, who managed his team from the touchlines, and Ben who joined him as goalkeeper coach.
“Seb was, and very much still intends to be, a keen sportsman,” said Nick. “Football was a particular passion and training and playing for One Touch has always been the highlight of Seb and Ben’s week.”
He added: “Seb will take delivery of a new lightweight sports wheelchair purchased by the trust, and we have already identified an advanced sports leg that Seb can progress to over the next couple of years.”
Nick thanked all those who had helped to create a “really special day”, including One Touch Football coaches Scott and Glenn Vaughan, Stamford AFC for the use of the stadium, the Peterborough United legends team and all the sponsors for the event.
After the match, which finished 4-3 to the legends, Seb took the microphone to present the raffle and say a few words to the crowd. He was less than thrilled with his side’s performance.
“They were a bit rubbish and they could have done better,” said Seb. “I expect more from them.
“But I’ve enjoyed today a lot. It means a lot to see everyone here to help me.
“A big thank you to Scott who arranged all this, and to all the guys who could make it here.”