SAFC fans' boost for tragic Oliver's charity fund
A fundraising drive for a young football supporter who died aged just 13 is nearing its £10,000 target, with a little help from Wearside.
Wycombe Wanderers fan Oliver Darlington spent four days in intensive care battling sepsis after contracting a heavy cold, before passing away on January 3.
Sunderland supporters were asked to join in with a minute’s applause when their team played Wycombe at the Stadium of Light on January 11.
A JustGiving page was set up by a friend of Oliver’s family to raise money for the UK Sepsis Trust; the organisation which aims to fight and prevent the condition and support those affected by sepsis.
Before the match the total stood at just over £6,000. The latest total is £7,700 and rising. A chunk of that total has come from Sunderland fans.
One contributor, John Russell, said: “How emotional when the whole stadium stood up at 13 minutes to applaud. Sad times. RIP Oliver.”
An anonymous giver said simply: “RIP Oliver, from a Sunderland fan.”
The reception for Oliver was appreciated by Wycombe Wanderers on the club’s website who described the move as an act of ‘real class’.
Their match report described: “A moment of real class from the Black Cats fans who observed a moving minute’s applause for young Wanderers fan Oliver Darlington.”
To contribute, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oliverdarlington