August 24, 2023

FUNDRAISER | Walk to the seaside

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In just 4 days time we will be making the short journey to Southport as we face the Sandgrounders at The Big Help Stadium.

The 20 mile trip to the seaside will take most of our supporters roughly 40 minutes in cars however our Chair has decided to take a different method of transport.

Julian will be walking from Victory Park to The Big Help Stadium for the Bank Holiday fixture whilst aiming to raise money for 3 different causes.

Each year I say to myself I can't do the walk this year. I shouldn't do the walk this year. But then I think of the fundraising opportunities and a walk seems somewhat of a tradition. Over the years we've done Euxton Villa, Bamber Bridge, Fylde and Southport. I didn't take part in the previous sponsored walk to Southport so I wanted to add this one to my list. This year I will be raising money for 3 different causes that I think deserve a lot of support for their own variety of reasons.

Derian House Children's Hospice provide outstanding support and care to children and their families across the North West. I have been fortunate to not need their services or facilities but I have seen the smiles they bring to the faces to the families. Just looking at their social media channels causes a range of emotions. If you don't know what I mean then you need to take a look.

Over the last few months I have been engaging more with Chorley FC Community Foundation. They provide various activities inside the community of Chorley ranging from Sporting Memories to Walking Football and Half Term Soccer Schools. They are the official charity arm of Chorley FC. Again, check their socials. Great work.

Finally, being the Chair of Magpies Trust means that most things that I do in my spare time will involve making improvements to our organisation. I have been part of the Trust for 10 years (on and off). I strongly believe in everything the group of supporters stand for. Supporters are the oil in the machinery of football clubs and without them, clubs would cease to exist. We are a non-profit organisation which is ran by the fans, for the fans. What we do, is to benefit you.

This will be the 3rd time that Julian has embarked on a 20 (ish) mile walk after having done Kellermergh Park and Mill Farm for our games against AFC Fylde. You would think he would be used to events like these but circumstances make them harder each time.

I love walking but unfortunately my legs don't like me doing it. Since I was 19 I have suffered with leg and back problems that doctors diagnosed at the time as 'wear and tear'. Imaging hearing that at 19! I've not let it dictate what I've done in life, playing football as part of the supporters team, doing several charity walks and of course running through soft play with my 2 children. Some days it's good, some days it's not. I could wake up Monday morning to do the walk and it turns out to be a bad day but I will still complete it because I have made a commitment to the causes that I've previously mentioned - Let's just hope it is a good day and my new trainers help!

Julian will be leaving Victory Park at 6am on Monday morning and so far this is a solo effort but he welcomes anyone to join him on any part of the walk for any distance - If you want to make contact then you can do so via any of the Trust social media channels.

If you would like to donate to the walk then please follow this link.

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