West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has donated funds to help pay for Peterhead player Gary Fraser’s knee surgery.

The players at Peterhead will take part in a sponsored walk this weekend by climbing Ben Lomond in order to raise some cash. The Balmoor club say Covid-19 means no date has been set for their player’s procedure via the NHS. English Premier League side West Ham United have stepped up to help the Scottish League One club with this.

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West Ham United have made a donation to the Peterhead star’s cause. (Photo by John Sibley/Pool via Getty Images)

Already players are stepping up to do their bit, Scottish Premiership players Tony Watt and Kevin Nisbet donating signed shirts for auction. Fraser needs £5,000 – £7,500 for his operation and Sullivan has donated £2,500, Peterhead saying: “We were aware of this donation however we did not want to breach any confidentiality – but wow.”

A West Ham United statement reads: “West Ham United Joint-Chairman David Sullivan has made a personal donation of £2,500 to help fund a knee operation for Peterhead player Gary Fraser.  Fraser suffered the injury in December, but is still waiting for surgery with the Scottish League One side.

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means no date has been set for the procedure on the NHS.  With the current situation also having depleted club funds, their players have offered to climb Ben Lomond, a mountain in the Scottish Highlands, to raise funds for a private procedure.

“Now, Mr Sullivan has pledged his donation towards their target of £10,000 as the football family comes together to support the 26-year-old midfielder.  Any extra money raised will go to mental health charity Back Onside.”

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