Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas has stepped in to help a disabled supporter meet his Cobblers heroes - after he learned the lifelong fan had specialist laptop equipment stolen in a raid.
Derry Felton, from Ashbrow Road, Briar Hill, who has been paralysed from the neck down since he was two years old, uses a headset that allows him to use his laptop without typing or clicking.
However that, along with the laptop itself, another computer, portable hard drives, three games consoles and his carer’s car keys were all taken during a raid on his home last week.
In order to help Mr Felton through the difficult time, Cobblers chairman Mr Thomas arranged for Mr Felton to have a stadium tour this morning, in which he met manager Chris Wilder and the squad before the game against York City.
Mr Thomas is a vice president of the Special Effect charity, which raised money for some equipment for Mr Felton three years ago.
“When I saw what had happened with Derry I immediately thought of Special Effect,” the chairman said.
“Special Effect is a charity that I am a vice president of and is a wonderful charity that helps people just like Derry enjoy and experience computer games. “I found out that they have helped him before and they have agreed to contact him next week and help him in anyway they can again.
“I spoke to Mrs Felton, Derry’s mum, on Saturday morning and invited Derry in to meet the players before the game against York and hopefully we can go some way to help him through this.
“Once again the way our fans have rallied round one of our own that has had problems is amazing and it shows the type of support we have here at Northampton Town, and we are so pleased to be part of that and able to help.”
A JustGiving page has been set up to raise money to try and replace the stolen items, to support this visit: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/adam-johnson or for more details on Special Effect head to: http://www.specialeffect.org.uk