Sheffield United footballer Billy Sharp has agreed to donate the £13,000 raised following his pitch invasion assault to a children’s hospice near Wetherby.

The footballer was head-butted by an opposing fan following his side’s defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Championship play off semi-final this week.

Nottingham Forest season ticket holder Robert Biggs, 30, was jailed for 24 weeks after confessing to the assault.

Nottingham fan Zoe Potts then set up a JustGiving page with the aim of raising £500 for a charity of Billy’s choice, following the incident.

And after the appeal raised more than £13,000, Billy has agreed to donate the money to Martin House Children’s Hospice.

The charity supported him and his partner Jade following the death of their son Luey in 2011.

Clair Holdsworth, chief executive of Martin House, said:

“We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Billy and Jade for thinking of Martin House at this time, and hope Billy is recovering from this incident.

“We’d also like to thank Zoe and the hundreds of people who have donated to this fundraiser.

“The money they have raised will make a real difference to children and young people with complex health needs.”

Martin House cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across West, North and East Yorkshire, as well as supporting their families.

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