The football family and Brighouse business community have raised vital funds for a player’s mother in Ghana.
Ernest Boafo, who plays for Brighouse Town, and his brother John had raised £800 for an urgent operation to remove a tumour that is affecting their 58-year-old mother Alberta’s eyesight.
However, since learning the news his present and past team-mates, along with the support of fans and the community, have raised more than £3,000 which is needed for the operation.
Brighouse Town chairman Ray McLaughlin said Ernest has been overwhelmed with the reaction from people.
“We are absolutely delighted with the response from everyone,” Ray said.
“The players acted quickly by organising a race night. That was the first thing and it was brilliant.
“Ernest has played for a number of teams and the Darlington fans donated money, so the football family has really come together to support him.”
Thanks to £1,000 from Abzorb/Wellness Hub, the total raised is £3,376.
The extra money is already being used and has been sent to Ghana to help Ernest’s mum buy painkillers which she will need to continue to take until the operation.
It was fitting that Ernest scored the first goal in Saturday’s home game against New Mills and revealed a thank you message under his shirt to fans as he celebrated.
There is no National Health Service in Ghana, so Ernest and his four siblings had to raise the money required themselves.
“We knew time was of the essence as his mum needs the operation as soon as possible.
“We thought if we could make a contribution it would be great, but to raise the full amount is fantastic,” Ray said.
“It shows what can be done when people rally round.
“Ernest is a really humble and nice lad and I think he was quite emotional to speak as he couldn’t believe how much money had been raised.
“On behalf of the club and Ernest we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us.”