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Fans take on epic walk in memory of Mitchell Cole

Fans take on epic walk in memory of Mitchell Cole

A group of Stevenage football fans are to walk more than 60 miles over three days in a bid to raise £10,000 in memory of their footballing hero Mitchell Cole.

The team of eleven are to March for Mitch from Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium to Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium for their club’s first home game of the new season on August 3rd.

They are planning to wear shirts from each of the 11 clubs that Mitchell played for along with his squad number.

Mitchell, who died aged 27 from cardiomyopathy at the end of last year, played at Stevenage between 2007 and 2010, scoring for them in the first competitive final at the new Wembley Stadium, his goal helping them lift the FA Trophy.

He then moved on to Oxford United where he had to retire from professional football in 2011 because of his heart condition.

Walk co-organiser Lucy Cox, a 31-year-old housewife and mum of two (aged two and three months) from Potton in Bedfordshire said: “We are taking on this epic challenge to fundraise and raise awareness of cardiomyopathy which sadly claimed Mitchell’s life last year.

“I myself have a heart condition and a young family like Mitchell so I found his story even more personal to me.”

After Mitchell (pictured right) retired he became am ambassador for the Cardiomyopathy Association.  In that role he helped the charity raise awareness of cardiomyopathy and the work of the charity.

Lucy, who has been a Stevenage fan for 19 years, said: “I am keen to continue raising awareness as Mitchell did.  I was misdiagnosed and treated for epilepsy for five years before it was discovered I actually had a heart condition.”

Joining Lucy on the walk will be fellow Stevenage fans Liam Govey (who came up with the idea for the walk), Neil Trebble (also ex-Stevenage player), Craig Atkinson, Terry Peacock,  Adam Elkins, Joshua Devereux, Simon Leon and Kieran Pepper. 

The group got together through the fans' forum (www.borochat.co.uk) and are all raising money for the Cardiomyopathy Association.

They expect the walk, which will begin on August 1st, to take around 18 hours, spread over three days. They plan to sleep in tents at night. The route will take them around Aylesbury on the first day and through Luton on the second. They are hoping to collect donations on route.         

To help them reach their fundraising target, see here


by CMA Manager on 13-Jun-13 12:20

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