The manager of Tottenham Hotspur has described Shaun Whiter, who had both legs amputated below the knee after a hit-and-run in Newmarket, as “an inspiration” in a personally written letter to the local footballer.
Posting on his Facebook page, Spurs fan Mr Whiter, 27, described his shock and appreciation at receiving the letter from Mauricio Pochettino, the squad’s Argentinian boss.
Mr Whiter, of Burrough Green, is recovering in Addenbrooke’s Hospital following the incident on July 1, where he was helping friend Joey Abbs change a tyre, when a vehicle smashed into their stationary cars. Mr Abbs sustained serious crush injuries to his right leg, but is now recovering at home.
The letter to Mr Whiter, who was to play for Newmarket Town, said: “Your determination and strength is an inspiration to others and I would like to send you my very best wishes for your recuperation.”
Mr Whiter posted on his Facebook page: “A massive bit of respect for Mauricio Pochettino taking the time and making this letter a whole lot more personal to me and my story.”
He is determined to walk his fiancée Charlotte down the aisle, with the couple due to marry in July next year.
Pochettino’s letter added: “There is no doubt that with your remarkable spirit and resolution, you will be walking down the aisle.”
Mr Whiter’s post on Facebook added: “Thank you again for all your thoughts and prayers; it’s really driving me on every day, fingers crossed I will be out of here soon and we can all share a drink together.”
The keen sportsman is also considering competing in the 2020 Paralympic Games as he continues to look to the future.
Since the crash there has been a huge outpouring of support from the local community and wider.
Several events have raised funds for his recovery, including a charity football match at Burrough Green, a collection at the Mildenhall Fen Tigers Speedway league meeting and a match between Newmarket Town and Ipswich Town on Sunday, July 31, 3pm, at Newmarket’s Town Ground.
His fundraising web page alone has raised more than £60,000 of the targeted £120,000 to help aid his recovery.
To make a donation go to https;//crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Shaun-Whiter.
A 40-year-old Haverhill man, Jan Adamec, of Shetland Road, denied seriously injuring the pair by dangerous driving when he appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on July 11 and has been remanded in custody to appear at Cambridge Crown Court on August 8.