Sheffield Steelers raise crucial money for injured superman

19 May 2022

The Sheffield Steelers are raffling off matchday shirts to help raise money for a fan who is ‘fighting to retain his life’ after a brain stem bleed.

In October last year lifelong Sheffield Steelers fan Rich Bateman, 43, suffered an unexpected brainstem bleed that led to a stroke. His wife, Claire, and 13-year-old son, James, were initially told he would not make it through the night.

After a two-week coma Mr Bateman finally regained consciousness but is still in hospital and needs help with his mobility.

Mrs Bateman said: “Rich has been fighting ever since (the accident) to retain his brain and body to eat, talk, walk, swallow, but he is making slow and steady progress.”

He is now able to communicate and his speech is improving, he is now starting to eat softened food, but he still needs more support.

The Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team have set up a charity raffle of two match shirts, worn by ‘Golden Child’ Robert Dowd and defender Sam Jones, which ended at 1pm today. Money raised will go towards supporting the Bateman family and helping Rich’s recovery.

The Bateman family at a Steelers game before the accident.

David Simms, PR and social media manager for the Steelers, said: “Our fans always look after us and in times like this it’s important to go above and beyond to help the Steelers Family in any way that we can.”

The raffle was £1 per ticket and had a maximum of 3,000 entries for each shirt. All the money will be going to Claire’s ‘JustGiving’ page which so far has raised £3,873 of their £50,000 goal.

Mrs Bateman said: “Rich, James and I would appreciate any donations you could make, big or small to help speed up Rich’s recovery and get him home….and back to watching the Steelers!”

The final total of money raised will be released later today and match worn shirts sent off to some lucky donators.

 

 

Written by Benedict Hobbs

20 Years old Trainee Journalist at University of Sheffield. Originally from Bournemouth, completed my A-levels at Twynham Academy (2019) and achieved a distinction Foundation Diploma in Media and Film at Arts University Bournemouth (2020).

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Written by Benedict Hobbs

20 Years old Trainee Journalist at University of Sheffield. Originally from Bournemouth, completed my A-levels at Twynham Academy (2019) and achieved a distinction Foundation Diploma in Media and Film at Arts University Bournemouth (2020).
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