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19 August 2016

Community Champions Shaun and Joey meet up with Town ahead of derby and EAAA fly into join them

The Club’s Community Champions at the derby on Sunday are Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs and they were at the training ground today to meet the Town squad.

Shaun had both his legs amputated and Joey sustained serious injuries to his right leg after the pair were hit by a car as they repaired a puncture roadside in July. 

Only the fitness of Shaun kept him alive and he was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. 

The two were team-mates at Newmarket Town last season and Blues played in a benefit match for the popular duo to help raise funds for what will be a long rehabilitation process. 

Shaun and Joey, along with partners Charlotte and Harriet, were the Club’s guests at the training ground to meet Mick McCarthy and his squad, with the East of England Air Ambulance flying in for a surprise visit. It was the EAAA that flew Shaun to hospital.    

“Shaun and Joey are two amazing people - and the ladies as well. They have been terrific company and so upbeat,” said Town boss Mick McCarthy, with the four having lunch with the squad.

“Shaun wants to go and work with younger people who are maybe in a similar situation to him and I’ve no doubt he will do that because he has such a positive personality.” 

The Club is honoured to have Shaun and Joey as our Community Champions on Sunday, where they will carry out the matchball before kick-off. 

An appeal to raise £120,000 has been launched to help Shaun walk down the aisle to marry Charlotte next summer. Click on to contribute.

To find out more about the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which is a charity, click here.  

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