When Denham Raptors goalie Ryan Molding lost all sensation in his lower body, his friends decided to rally.
The 25-year-old, from Shortstown, had previously had spine surgery – but was given the green light to continue playing football.
However, the former caregiver has since been told he will stay in a wheelchair long-term after losing sensation in his leg three weeks ago.
And now his soccer mates are rallying and hosting a fundraising match – as well as the creation of a GoFundMe page – to help with the costs Ryan will have to adjust to this new life.
Ryan said: “It’s unexpected. I was blown away by my friends. I will never be able to express my gratitude.”
But as Denham Raptors president and manager Kieran Patrickson put it: “‘Once A Raptor, Always A Raptor’ – that goes for all of our players. Ryan has only played for us for about half a season, but if he was a long-time player, or a new player, I would have expected that anyway. “
The match – at Kempston Rovers on June 20 – is against a team of former pros, which are led by former pro Dean Hooper. Dean is a co-founder of Footballflow UK, which helps people, football clubs and organizations improve the way they support people with mental health issues.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-08 18:54:16