The stroke suffered in early January by well known solicitor and popular Haverhill Rovers supporter Nick Wray has inspired the club to raise both awareness and funds for the Stroke Association at this Saturday’s match.
The club is waiving entry fees for its Thurlow Nunn League match with Thetford Town on Saturday (3pm kick off) and instead wants donations at the turnstiles, all of which will go to the charity.
Match official’s fees are being covered by Silverwood Builders and Red Side Up and the Haverhill Community Sports Association will sponsor the food for the day.
Nick’s business partners at Burnett Barkers in Bury, whom he joined two years ago after a number of years f being a sole practitioner, will be there and are sponsoring the match.
Solicitors from various other firms will also be attending to show their respect for Nick, who is married to Jill and two sons, Michael and Charlie.
Nick, who is in his late 50s and lives in Falklands Road has been in Addenbrooke’s Hospital since suffering the stroke on January 11, and only came out of intensive care onto a ward about one week ago.
His friend of 30 years, former Rovers chairman Steve Brown, said: “He is in a really bad way. It’s knocked us for six.
“Nick would do anything for anybody. If you wanted him to sell raffle tickets he would. He’s that type of guy.
“He is a people person. He likes to help people. He likes to give advice. He is just a genuine bloke.”
Inside the ground on Saturday the Stroke Association will be operating a ‘blood pressure checking clinic’ and will be talking to people about the signs of stroke and the actions to take if you see anything of concern.
Visitors can get checked out and pick up the literature that the charity will bring.
There will also be smaller fundraising activities to raise additional funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care, a charity Rovers already support, but is now closer to their hearts as Nick will be using its facilities on his road to recovery.
It is hoped that Nick’s family will be able to make the day too.
Nick’s son Charlie is a regular visitor to the ground but he has his own football tournament this day.
Nick’s local Methodist church in Haverhill, where he is a lay preacher, will also hold a collection at their service on Sunday for the Stroke Association.
If you can’t make the match, but still want to donate you can do so via text. Text ‘Stroke 5’ to 70300.
It only takes a couple of seconds to make a BIG difference. £5 could help could help the National Stroke Helpline team to give life-changing advice to a caller struggling to cope after the trauma of stroke.
Texts cost £5 plus your standard network rate. The Stroke Association will receive 100 per cent of your gift.