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Fundraising day for ex-Gillingham FC keeper George Howard

By Jenni Horn

A fundraising day is being held for footballer George Howard as he continues to make a good recovery.

The ex-Gills keeper was in a coma for 16 days after falling from the back of a truck on holiday in South Africa.

George, 20, suffered life-threatening head injuries but just 21 days after coming off a ventilator, he was able to fly back to the UK. He has since been recovering at home in Rainham.

George Howard. Picture: Ady Kerry
George Howard. Picture: Ady Kerry

Dad Mark said he is doing really well: “He is getting better every day. The doctors are really pleased with his progress.”

After the accident, George’s friends set up a fund to help pay for his care.

On Sunday, the fundraising continues with a fun day, organised by family friends Lee Harper, Adam Yeates and Natalie Allen.

There will be football matches, a barbecue, bouncy castle and children’s characters.

One of the teams is made up of family and friends and George is hoping to be there to cheer them on.

Lee said: “The money will help George and is also a celebration now he is home.”

The fun day is at the 44Two Sports and Social Club, Featherby Road, Gillingham, from 10am to 3pm.

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