People have shown the spirit of Corby to raise £9,000 for the family of a man suffering from terminal cancer – with fans of the town’s football club among those who have helped.
Corby Town Football Club director Paul Glass knows Mark Young and invited the people behind the campaign raising money for him and his family to have a collection at the Steelmen’s game on Saturday.
Mr Glass said: “I know Mark from growing up so I invited his friends to do a collection and I said I’d match whatever they got.
“Then the other directors who were there said they would do the same.”
The collection raised £780.
Tony Muir, Nathan Bailey, James Bailey and Alan Strickland, who sponsors the club’s youth set-up, all added £700 each.
Mr Glass said: “The chairman Stevie Noble won the raffle and he donated the £120 prize as well, so in the end we raised £4,280 for Mark.
“It is a tragic story and has touched everyone, so we will do anything we can to help.
“A huge thank you to everybody from Corby, and Saturday’s opponents Burnham, who donated.”
Mr Young’s wife Tracey and his three youngest sons were guests of honour at the game and the boys were made the team’s mascots for the day and led the players out.
Mr Young, 44, has recently learned he has lung cancer that has spread to his spine, windpipe, pelvis and ribs.
His condition is incurable.
Karen McCluskey is one of the organisers of a campaign to help Mr Young and his family create some happy memories.
She said the response to his story and the fundraising effforts had been “phenomenal”.
They have been able to book and pay for a trip to Legoland for the family.
A fundraising bucket list dance being held tomorrow (Friday) is a sell-out.
To donate to the fund go to www.gofundme.com/mys270.