Former Norwich City and England football star Danny Mills launches charity challenge in memory of his baby boy

A former Norwich City star is appealing for people to join him in raising money in memory of the unborn son he lost 10 years ago.

Former Sprowston High School pupil Danny Mills, who made more than 70 appearances for the Canaries, will take part in the first ever Archie Mills Memorial Challenge in September.

It will see him cycle 200 miles from Leeds to London non stop and complete the Virgin Active London Triathlon the next day.

In November 2002, Mr Mills and his wife Lisa lost Archie four months into pregnancy.

They were told the baby had severe spina bifida, which meant he would not survive.

Mr Mills, who went on to play for Charlton, Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Manchester City and Derby, as well as picking up 19 caps for England, is now a patron for charity Shine.

The charity supports more than 10,000 babies, children and adults living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

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The 34-year-old, who retired from football two years ago and now works as a TV and radio pundit, hopes to raise thousands of pounds for Shine through the memorial challenge.

He is appealing for donations and for a national team of 20 people join him in the Virgin Active London Triathlon leg.

He said: 'I think that a lot of people, like me, who have been through tragedy and trauma want to share their experiences and they want to help other people.

'Also, with exercise and running, it gives you a fantastic time to think and reflect, it's also amazing to be able to give something back.

'This is a great opportunity to fundraise for Shine, which works tirelessly to ensure all necessary support for anyone connected to spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus – it would be great if people could come and join me.'

There is a standard entry fee of �75 and participants should raise a minimum of �500.

To apply to take part, visit www.shinecharity.org.uk, call Cerys Long on 01733 421329 or email cerys.longcharity.org.uk

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/ArchieMills or through JustTextGiving send ARCH90 followed by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 to 70070.

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