Charlton Athletic players made it a new year to remember by raising £4,000 for a wheelchair for six-year-old Robby Ford.

Staff and supporters from the Coca-Cola Championship club also helped get the money together for cerebral palsy sufferer Robby.

The cash came through auctions on the official Charlton website with signed shirts, boots and match-day experiences all up for grabs.

Robby and dad Iain, from Belvedere, Kent, were presented with a cheque by midfielder Matt Holland and Chief Executive Steve Waggott at half-time during the home game with Derby County.

Iain said: "Words can't describe what this means for my son and my family.

"Our problem started in June when Robby was due to be given a bigger wheelchair as he had grown out of his previous one.

"He had been fitted and was all set for the upgrade but, due to a staff changeover at the NHS, we somehow found ourselves at the back of the queue.

"I was explaining this to Sue Gallop, who is a Customer Service Administrator at Charlton, and she mentioned it to Steve Allen, the club physio.

"He got in contact with me and said the club would help out. I was totally speechless.

"Everything we have ever got for our son has been a struggle, so the generosity Charlton has shown us is phenomenal."

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