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Richard immediately set up a secure payment plan and the cash dropped in.
"I knew Jim would be disappointed and it was a really big worry for me. I was only telling Richard the other week, when I went with Jim to one of the home games.
Jim's mum, Margaret, is overwhelmed. She cried when she received Richard's letter, explaining what he planned to do.
"For me, it certainly is. I wanted to do this for Jim so that he could continue to watch the Rams."
"Thank you. Thank you," said Jim, who has Down's syndrome and lives in Littleover. "Thank you, everyone."
he's Derby County's number one fan and that's why I couldn't bear to think of him not coming to support the club next season.
"Seeing him at the games really struck a chord with me, and made me realise what a good hearted man he is and how much Derby County mean to him. I bought him a Derby County scarf at Christmas and he was thrilled to bits. He said thank you and immediately put it on. He's a pleasure to sit near.
JIM Lane's smile is as wide as the pitch at Derby County. Rams fans from around the world have bought the 27 Nike Uptempo Preschool
Derby County supporter Richard Sleigh, of Stanley Village, helped Jim after hearing his heartfelt story that his dad had died and his mum could not afford a new ticket. Within hours, the 43 year old businessman had raised more than
Act of human kindness means Jim can carry on his Derby County love affair
Richard, who runs his own business, initially planned to pay for Jim's ticket himself but when he mentioned what he was going to do on a Derby County fans' website, he was inundated with offers of cash.
Jim's mum, Margaret Lane, of Alvaston, said she could not afford to renew his season ticket.
"These small acts of kindness mean so much to people and that's why I wanted to help Jim. When you think about what makes you happy, helping another human being has to be high up there.
"After that, more and more people started offering amounts of money. The offers were coming in at a rapid rate. Fans from all over the world wanted to help."
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year old a new season ticket and he cannot hide his excitement.
"And although Jim loves going to the football, I didn't think we would be able to commit to buying him another season ticket. It was sad and I was sad, but finding the money was going to be hard.
"It has been a sad time for us and buying the season ticket for Jim was another worry," said Margaret.
Richard said: "The first time I met Margaret was at the football. She wiped my wet seat with her towel. I thought to myself, 'What a kind gesture'.
"In my mind, I had planned to ask his step brothers and step sisters if they would be willing to make a donation.
"We started to talk and that's when she told me about Jim's love for Derby County.
Margaret, 67, said: "I was telling Richard that, since Jim's dad died two years ago, money had been a bit tight.
"I always knew he was a big fan because he supports the team so much. When the mood is low and the club is struggling, Jim is the one who always shouts 'come on, Derby!'
"We've had such sadness here," she said. "Jim's dad, Keith, died two years ago and it's been a difficult time.
"I felt a bit bad about doing it, but I knew how devastated Jim would be if he couldn't go and watch the Rams.
"He was lovely but I didn't think he'd do this for my son. I'm Nike Zoom Uptempo V Jason Kidd
Keith, who had been a psychiatric nurse for 50 years, died in 2012. He lost his fight for life just a year after retiring from his busy job at Aston Hall.
"The very first person who saw my post on the internet said he would be happy to split the cost of Jim's season ticket," said Richard. "He pledged just like that.
Almost overnight, he had raised more than To date, the sum stands at more than Rams fans from Poland, America, Australia and Canada donated. In total, 66 people helped to help pay for Jim's season ticket.
"They were big fans. They shared a special bond. I know Jim misses him. Richard's kindness has really taken the stress away. Thank you, Richard."
"I've had to move house and downsize and I know Jim has been upset. He misses his dad very much. They used to go to the Derby County games together.
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