"The police officers who dealt with this, and the people in Broadheath, were touched immensely after it became apparent that the tragedy also left them with nothing for the future. Officers have launched an appeal to raise money which will help them in the future, and the success of that appeal has been fantastic.”
Joleon Lescott said: “Meeting Cailin and Zach today was a genuinely humbling experience. For two such young people to suffer such tremendous loss and injury is truly heartbreaking and it is credit to their mother and brother’s memory that they have kept going.
"Despite our obvious rivalry, we were very happy to team up with United today to help shine a light on the fundraising efforts on the family’s behalf and we would urge fans of both clubs to show their support by making a donation. We’re delighted that the family will be our guests at this weekend’s game and hope we can put on a good show for them.”
Tom Cleverley said: “Obviously in this city football is massive but as we’ve been reminded today, there are more important things in life like family and good health. When you hear of stories like this, it does open your eyes. Even though we are rivals on the pitch, it’s good that we can come together off the pitch and support families like this as one city.
“I can speak for players and say that whenever there is a problem at home, when I get on that pitch it goes out of your mind. Hopefully football can have that effect for people who are suffering or are ill. It