AN APPEAL to raise £3,000 for a young injured footballer has seen an “overwhelming” reaction from the community.
The fundraiser, for Chepstow 14-year-old Ny Livermore, was launched last week in the hope of getting an operation on his knee done privately.
Ny, who plays for Bristol Rovers academy, has suffered a serious knee injury and now faces an 18-month layoff. This, it is feared, would mean almost two seasons out of the game he loves.
According to Chepstow youth coach Matthew Pinchard who created the fundraising page, Ny has always been a talent, even from a young age.
“From the age of five or six he was always playing up an age for Chepstow,” he says.
“Bristol City had a look, then he was at Cardiff City for four to five years, before moving on to Bristol Rovers.”
Ny has blossomed playing for Rovers, but has had a couple of ‘niggles’ on his knee and a scan before a tour to Holland revealed the extent of his injury.
An operation on an 11mm tear to his meniscus and partially dislocated knee would mean nine months on a waiting list for Ny, with an estimated nine months recovery. If the operation is done privately it could be within a couple of weeks, halving the time he will be out injured.
At the time of going to print the fundraiser is nearing its £3,000 target, with donations totalling £1,335.
In addition to donations from Newport Civil Service and Cardiff City Academy, support has also come from county rivals Monmouth Town, with a group of first team players donating £70 of their beer kitty to the cause and a generous donation of £100 from Kingfishers coach Brian Bond.
“The response has been really nice; it’s been overwhelming,” Matthew adds.
“People have been really generous, and we’ve had loads of offers from everywhere.”
After taking him training three times a week and all over the country for the last eight years, Matthew says Ny’s family are particularly deserving, especially his father Dave.
Dave, Ny’s father, is a stalwart of the club having been with Chepstow Town in some form for around 25 years.
“It’s close to my heart,” Matthew adds. “He’s a talented boy, and we’re trying to help in any way we can.”
To donate to the appeal visit the fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/matthew-pinchard-1