Charity match raises thousands to support Stansted estate agent injured in crash

Ipswich Town XI v Newmarket Town. Raising money for Shaun Whiter, Newmarket footballer who lost his

Ipswich Town XI v Newmarket Town. Raising money for Shaun Whiter, Newmarket footballer who lost his legs after a hit and run crash on July 1. L-R Scott Patterson,Harriet Abbs,Charlotte Whiter,Shaun Whiter,Joey Abbs. Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A Stansted estate agent who suffered life-changing injuries following an alleged hit and run crash has thanked the football community after a charity match was organised to support his recovery.

Shaun Whiter, 27, who lost both his legs in the incident on July 1, attended the match at Newmarket Town FC with fellow crash victim Joey Abbs, who also suffered muscular damage to one of his legs.

Mr Whiter, who works for David Lee Estate Agents, had stopped to help Mr Abbs change a tyre at Dullingham Road, near Newmarket, when a car crashed into them at around 10.50pm.

Jan Adamec, 40, of Shetland Road, Haverhill, has denied two charges of causing serious injuries by dangerous driving. He is due to appear before Cambridge Crown Court on Monday, August 8.

Hundreds of spectators turned up to see a Newmarket Town XI face an Ipswich Town legends team on Sunday (July 31), with more than £12,000 raised on the day.


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Mr Whiter, who got out of hospital on Friday (July 29), said: “It’s good to see loads of people here, it is all supporting a good cause.

“It is great to be here getting some fresh air. It’s a chance to say thank you to everyone who is supporting us.

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“I got out of hospital on Friday and it is good being back home. Just being able to get outside in the fresh air has been brilliant.”

Mr Whiter, who was due to sign for Newmarket this season, is set to marry fiancée Charlotte Way on July 21 next year and he is still determined to be able to walk down the aisle.

Miss Way set up a fundraising page to raise the money needed to get him the best care possible, with a target of £120,000, and Mr Whiter said he is now preparing for “a lot of rehab” with the help of physiotherapists.

Mr Abbs, 31, said: “It is brilliant to see so many people here today. The support we have had has been massive, to see the football community come together like this is amazing.”

Meanwhile, a charity music gig - called SW Rocks - has also been organised at Bishop’s Stortford FC on August 27. Tickets are £20 and are available from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sw-rocks-charity-gig-tickets-26446391870?utm_term=eventurl_text.

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