After a weekend of focussed activity Oxford United have raised over £8,000 for the Charlotte Fund and the SpecialEffect charity.
Charlotte Nott is a four-year-old girl who lost all four of her limbs in December 2010 to meningococcal septicaemia. Charlotte has benefited from the help of SpecialEffect, a local charity that is dedicated to helping young people with disabilities, like Charlotte, to enjoy everyday activities like playing on a computer.
The majority of computer games are simply too quick, or too difficult, for young people with disabilities to play but SpecialEffect can help them, and their parents, to find out which games they can play and how to adapt the games which they can't.
Touched by Charlotte's bravery, Oxford have been working closely with SpecialEffect and the players wore a special one-off shirt during their npower League 2 match against Rotherham United on Saturday bearing the SpecialEffect logo and an embroidered message, which read 'United 4 Charlotte'. The shirts were then auctioned off over the weekend in order to raise much-needed funds.
Supporters have been pledging their support in a variety of ways from organising a sponsored bungee jump through to bidding for the shirts. The playing tops for the entire matchday squad at the weekend have all sold for three figures with James Constable's shirt fetching the most at just over £400.
U's midfielder Peter Leven generously offered to match the £300 bid which came in for his shirt whilst Rotherham United, managed by former U's striker Andy Scott, also kindly contributed a signed shirt to the auction. In addition to this, fans also donated by texting a charity number during the match and by contributing via a special justgiving website that was set up for the Game for Charlotte fixture.
Prime Minister David Cameron, MP for Witney, has also signed an Oxford shirt which will be auctioned off in the future.
All profits made by the League 2 outfit are going to be split 50/50 with the Charlotte Fund and the SpecialEffect charity.
Nick Streeter, a fundraiser for SpecialEffect, was very grateful with the effort of everyone at the Kassam Stadium. He told www.oufc.co.uk: "We would like to say a massive thank you to the players, staff and supporters of Oxford United with their amazing generosity with the auctions and donations.
"It is a joy to work with Charlotte and help her have fun and freedom by enjoying computer games with our specialist technology, and the money raised will enable us to help more young children with disabilities."
Charlotte, and the team from SpecialEffect, visited the Oxford training ground earlier this month to meet the squad and the players joined her in having a go on some of the games that have been uniquely modified by the charity.
The youngster also went on the pitch prior to the 3pm kick-off against the Millers on Saturday, a game that Oxford went on to win. U's chairman Kelvin Thomas was thankful for the generosity shown and was pleased to be able to give Charlotte a day to remember.
He also told www.oufc.co.uk: "This was a fantastic effort from so many people.
"Charlotte is such a great little girl and seeing her out there enjoying herself on the pitch before the game was a special moment for all of us. Thank you to all of the fans who have helped us raise so much money."
Donations to the Charlotte Nott Fund and the SpecialEffect charity can still be made via www.justgiving.com/SpecialEffectGameForCharlotte.
Alternatively you can also donate via text by sending a message (either OUFC86 £5 or OUFC86 £2) to 70070 to pledge those specific amounts.
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