Billy Sharp 'amazed' by support for Luey and LJS Foundation

Support got me through - Sharp

Billy Sharp says the support he has received from football fans in his quest to raise money and awareness for charity in the year after the death of his son has been "overwhelming".

The on-loan Nottingham Forest striker's son Luey was just two days old when he died from a rare condition called Gastroschisisexternal-link last October.

Sharp took part in the Great South Run on Sunday, a year and a day after the tragedy, to help raise cash for the charity he set up in Luey's memory - the LJS foundation.external-link

The run came less than 24 hours after Sharp played in Nottingham Forest's 4-1 win at Barnsley.

"The support's been overwhelming, just like last year when Luey passed away," Sharp told BBC Radio Nottingham's Matchtalk programme.

"I heard the Forest fans when the game was going on. And I heard the Southampton fans on the radio and had a massive lump in my throat. It is amazing and I cannot thank the fans enough."

Other supporters around the country - including those at the Notts County against Doncaster game and Scunthorpe fans - also voiced their backing.

Sharp said it meant a tremendous amount to him and helped him finish the course.

"It was a tough 10 miles but I really enjoyed it and it meant a lot to me," Sharp said. "A fat lad like me isn't used to running 10 miles!

"The course was pretty flat but in the last two miles there was a tough headwind and it was the toughest part of the run.

"It meant a lot to me and I was always going to give it my best.

People have supported and donated a lot of money so I wanted to give it my all. I raised over £2,500. I've had a tough weekend but I can't thank people enough.

"It would have been his birthday on Saturday so it was good that I was doing something that I loved. I was with my family for the rest of the weekend. Doing the run did take my mind off things a little bit."