BU sports teams have raised nearly £1000 for fellow player who was paralysed at summer ball

They called the fundraiser ‘fruit festival’ as a cover up

The BU American footballers and the BU rugby team have raised nearly £1000 in a fundraiser soccer match for a fellow rugby player, who was paralysed on his way to summer ball.

Liam McGarry was left paralysed from the waist down in June, after a spinal injury was triggered on the bus journey to the iconic student festival.

Photo by: Chris Coope

Photo by: Chris Coope

The teams organised the game which was held last weekend at Wallisdown recreational ground.

Invitations for the game were sent out via Facebook, and it was all kept secret from Liam.

Photo by: Chris Coope

Photo by: Chris Coope

The Facebook event was called 'fruit festival' and invited people to come along and donate £3 for the cause.

Of course, it wasn't actually a fruit festival, that was just a cover up for the game – which Liam turned up to none the wiser that it had all been done for him.

Photo by: Chris Coope

Photo by: Chris Coope

The game ended in a Bobcat win, which isn't the important bit, but the rugby players will still probably never live it down.

They then went along to Inferno – I mean, it wouldn't be BU varsity without a sesh – where 10 per cent of all the money spent on drinks was also donated.

The total raised from the game was £649 and from the drinks afterwards was £180 – making a grand total of £829 in the day.

Photo by: Chris Coope

Photo by: Chris Coope

This will be added to the £3,434 already raised on a Crowdfunding page to support and provide for Liam's care.

The event was set up by Cam Mac Laurenson and Luke Anning, both BU students who play for the teams.

Photo by: Chris Coope

Photo by: Chris Coope

Just another reason to be #BUProud.

Featured image credit: Chris Coope.

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