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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
A team of friends who visited 92 football grounds in 92 hours in support of three charities close to their hearts have raised a grand total of £10,000 and are already planning their next fundraiser.
Norwich City supporter Andrew Walker, a teacher at Langley School near Loddon, along with seven of his friends, raised more than £6,500 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Support and Help For Heroes after completing their challenge in October, and raised a further £3,000 at a curry and quiz night at Langley School on November 29th.
Mr Walker organised the fundraiser in memory of his mum, Susanne, who passed away after a long battle with leukaemia in January 2012.
Around 100 people attended the quiz, along with former Norwich players Darren Huckerby and Paul McVeigh, and the evening included an auction of items donated to the group by the football clubs they visited including a signed Manchester United shirt and a signed Arsenal football.
Mr Walker said: “We wanted to raise £2,500 and we have raised four times that which is awesome. The evening went really well. We were donated so much stuff by the football clubs which meant we were able to raise even more through an auction.”
The team, which included four other Langley teachers, started the 92 in 92 challenge on October 19 after watching Norwich City take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in north London. A grand total of 2,256 miles later, they concluded their race at Stamford Bridge on October 23.
Mr Walker said: “I’m a little bit sad that is has come to an end because we have had an amazing time. We all feel it is a job well done and we are all very grateful to everyone who has supported us.”
It doesn’t end there. Mr Walker and his team have already started planning their next challenge – The London 92 – a one-day event which will be held around Easter. He said: “As a sign of the success of what we have done, we thought it would be good to carry it on. The idea is to give people in teams the opportunity to experience the kind of adrenaline rush that we did.”
The challenge will be open to up to 14 teams who will have to find the quickest route around 14 league clubs within the M25 and return to Wembley Stadium. Mr Walker hopes to finalise the plans over Christmas.