A FOOTBALL club has raised more than £1,000 for a stroke survivor.

Halstead Town FC says it has received an estimated £1,500 after it staged a fun run last month.

The club set up the event to help Halstead resident Mike Seabrook, who needs to secure £9,000 to help him buy a specialist wheelchair.

Mr Seabrook suffered a stroke in August last year and doctors have since linked it to a heart defect.

His son Ben is a member of Halstead Town’s under-16’s team and the club wanted to show their support and set up the fun run to boost an online appeal aiming to raise money for Mr Seabrook’s new wheelchair.

More than 100 people signed up and took part in the run on Sunday, August 25, which saw competitors either take on a 2km run around the pitch at Rosemary Lane or a 5km run around the town.

Event organiser Lorna Walker said: “While the event was arranged by the football club it was great to see some people from outside attend the event and it was lovely to see the community coming together for such a great cause.

“We would also like to thank local business for their support and special mention to the Nail Bar, Heards butcher, and the White Hart who all kindly had donation buckets in their premises.”

The club says the success of this year’s event could see similar fun runs held on an annual basis.

Proceeds raised on the day will be added to the justgiving page.

To donate, search for ‘fund an electric wheelchair for Mike Seabrook’ at justgiving.com.