IT HAS been a long and difficult year for Katie Hibbs' family, after her sister was seriously injured when a horse kicked her in the head earlier this year.
Kellie Sheppard, of Longford, spent weeks in a coma at the Royal Hobart Hospital after the incident in March.
Five months later the mother-of-three is still at the RHH undergoing rehabilitation and awaiting her final operation.
Yesterday, the Longford Football Club used its final game of the season to raise funds for Mrs Sheppard and her family, with visitors buying a ticket at the gate.
Club member Tony Arnol said one of the ticket-holders was chosen to join Lyons Labor MHR Dick Adams atop a crane to toss the coin before the seniors game.
``We've presented $1000 to her sister Katie and the money's still coming in, which is great - we were hoping for $500,'' Mr Arnol said.
Ms Hibbs, of Launceston, said the fund-raiser was one of many kind acts that had touched her family.
``We're all so thankful, it's been overwhelming to receive so much support from the Longford community, from Deviot where we grew up, and from Bridgenorth Football Club, which is holding a similar fund-raiser today,'' Ms Hibbs said.
``We've had a lot of people send their thoughts, and we always pass them on to Kellie, and it's really made a difference.
``She's going good now, she's progressing each day, and we're just looking forward to her coming home.''