ROCKS player Daryl Wollers’ dad is taking matters into his own hands - or at least his feet - to raise the money the defender needs for a vital op.
The player has seen his career stall over the past year with a hip injury that needs surgery. But after a long wait, he has now found it won’t be funded by the NHS and will have to be paid for privately.
Wollers, originally thought to have a groin problem or a hernia, has now been diagnosed as suffering from femoroaceatubulum inpingement - a condition that means the hip bones don’t fit together perfectly and rub against each other.
Surgery could cost anything from £5,000 to £12,000 and the defender’s dad Phil Wollers has already started raising money to fund the op he believes will get his son’s promising career moving again.
Wollers - voted player of the season at the end of a superb 2012-13 campaign - has made only a handful of appearances this season. He can be used sparingly but he and the club are keen to get the problem sorted so he can become a regular again. The club have already spent a significant sum on treatment and consultations for the player.
Dad Phil’s big fundraising effort will see him walk from Nyewood Lane to the Rocks’ game at Hampton and Richmond on Tuesday, April 15. He will set off after the April 12 home clash with Wingate and Finchley and is hoping Rocks fans will join him on the first leg to The Royal Oak at North Bersted, where a charit night will be staged before Phil starts the walk to south-west London the next morning.
Phil said he was already past the £1,000 mark and added: “Daryl will also be taking part in fundraising activities and we’d like to thank everyone for their support so far - it is very much appreciated.
“The idea of walking from a home match to an away match really seems to have caught on. I’m hoping we can raise a lot from it.
“Daryl has had this problem since he was 16 and playing at Littlehampton. It took a long time to get to the bottom of it. Now we know what it is, we just want it put right.”
Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund can go to Phil Wollers’ Facebook page, visit www.gofundme.com/70vurk or contact the club on 01243 822325.