Gary Lineker has stepped in to help a stricken footballer after a regional daily editor’s appeal.
The Match of the Day presenter and former England international pledged £3,000 towards career-saving surgery for Doncaster Rovers Belles captain Sophie Scargill.
She was told she needed to raise £5,000 to fund surgery on her right knee after suffering an injury in training last month.
In his appeal, James wrote: “This feels deeply unfair to me, yet [Ms Scargill] is dealing with it with class.
“I wonder – and we’ve managed this before, folks – can we find a way to raise this money and potentially save her career?”
On Ms Scargill’s JustGiving page, Mr Lineker wrote in response: “I see you need another £3,000.
“It’s my pleasure to help. Hope to see you back playing soon.”