Football challenge to tackle cancer reaches its goal for Macmillan


Charity challenge: Sean (left) and his friends visited 92 Premier League football clubs in 92 hours

MILLIONS of people raise money for charity every single year, be it through sponsored walks, sponsored silences and let’s not forget about the good old fashioned cake sale. But for Sean Denyer, a loyal Brighton and Hove Albion supporter and store manager of Boots in Hassocks, he wanted to go the extra mile and there is no doubt he achieved that in his epic challenge.

Last month Sean, with his three friends, Paul Mansbridge, Sam Pattison and Emma Smeed set off on a heroic challenge-to visit all 92 football clubs within 92 hours to raise money for Macmillan. The charity supports those who are unfortunate enough to be affected by cancer. They provide financial and practical help to those suffering with the disease and their families.

Sean and his friends who took part have all been affected by cancer in one way or another and that was one of the main reasons that they chose to support Macmillan on their charity effort.

“We have all been affected by cancer at some point in our lives” says Sean. “My friend’s mum died of lung cancer and she was looked after by Macmillan so we thought that it would be fitting to raise money for Macmillan. Anyone affected by cancer needs help and support. The work that Macmillan do is so valuable to those who need it and we wanted to give back to a charity who does so much for those in need.”

The group of four successfully visited all 92 clubs and even completed the challenge with time to spare as Sean explained. “At times it was tough and challenging, to get there with 42 minutes to spare was amazing. It was the most amazing and surreal feeling to know that we had completed it in record time!”
The group of four has raised over £2000 but still hope to reach a goal of £3000.

“We still have a charity auction that will take place. We’ve got two signed shirts, signed footballs, tickets and other signed stuff which will hopefully allow us to raise more money so that we can reach our target.”

From Manchester to Doncaster, the group travelled the length and breadth of the country before finishing at the Amex stadium. With the four being dedicated seagull fans, the icing on the came at the final stop on their whirlwind tour of the country’s football grounds. As Sean explains they were given the experience that every football support from across this land could dream on.

“After a tough couple of days, lack of sleep and a lack of decent food it made it all worthwhile when we were told we could stand in the stadium of our home team. We were taken on a golf buggy into the stadium. It’s not everyday you get a behind the scenes tour of a Premier League club!”
Sean though insists that he wouldn’t take part in another challenge like this. “I’ve done it once, I couldn’t do it again. There was so much to sort out and organise. It was quite draining but I am so glad I’ve done it for such a good cause.”

By James Dunham


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