Brighouse Town Football Club has launched an emergency fundraising effort to support star striker Ernest Boafo’s mother in Ghana.
Ernest, 25, and his Fartown-based brother John have so far raised £800 of the £3,000 needed for an urgent operation to remove a tumour that is affecting their 58-year-old mother Alberta’s eyesight.
There is no National Health Service in Ghana, so Ernest and his four siblings are having to raise the money required themselves.
Ernest revealed that the surgeons are on standby to operate and so time is now of the essence.
“My younger brothers Alexander, 21, and Stephen, 24, back home in Takoradi can only support her, and my sister Nana is living and working in Ireland, so John and I have taken up the cudgel to help mum,” Ernest said.
“Already I have been overwhelmed by my team-mates’ support and that of manager Paul Quinn and the club’s committee. They have been spreading the word around the local sporting community and have arranged a special fundraising day for Saturday week, October 11, when Derbyshire club New Mill come to play us. We will be rounding it off with a ‘horserace meeting’ at 5.15pm in the clubhouse.”
The players have donated £20 each and the committee, close sponsors and friends of the club are set to donate at the home match against Darlington on Tuesday, October 7.
Club chairman Ray McLaughlin said, as a closely run family club, they wanted to do what they could to help.
“Should the sporting public of Brighouse want to help, however big or small the donation, our good friend Gary Blakeley at his fish and chip restaurant and outsales in town will take your envelopes,” Ray said.