Fans Hit the Road for Good Causes

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January 16 2018

The ’42 in 42′ team outside Aberdeen’s Pittodrie Stadium

A group of North-East football fans will be going the extra mile later this year to raise money for three charities as part of a unique attempt to visit every professional ground in Scotland.

From Friday 25th until Sunday 27th May 2018 the group will try to visit all 42 SPFL football grounds in just 42 hours. They will also try to take part in a range of challenges as they go round the grounds – all with the aim of raising thousands of pounds for Nil by Mouth’s ground breaking school programme, helping the Tartan Army Children’s Charity which supports disadvantaged children and Kayleigh’s Wee Stars which make dreams come true for children with life threatening and terminal illness.

The’ 42 in 42’ team are Iain Wood, Tony Mulloy, John Cruden, Rod Lawman, Stewart Ingram and Bob Summers.

Over the next four months the group will aim to reach their target of raising over £3,000 for good causes as well as trying to set a record for the fastest time around all 42 grounds. SPFL clubs have also stepped in to help with donations of prizes so far from, Inverness CT, Peterhead and the Rangers Charity Foundation to encourage people to donate.

Event Organiser Iain Wood said:
“42 in 42” started off as a throw away comment at the start of the season to try and get round all 42 grounds in a season. Then having read about 2 groups who had done it within 42 hours we decided to make it interesting and have a go at achieving that target. Once sitting down to establish a route we decided that we should make it worthwhile and raise some money at the same time. The 3 charities mean something to all of us hence why we chose them.  since the idea launched we have been overwhelmed by the phenomenal support we have received from sponsors, donations and the clubs so far. On behalf of the group I would like to thank everyone who has helped get this idea off the ground.

Welcoming the launch of the funding drive Nil by Mouth Director Dave Scott said:
‘We were thrilled to be part of this fantastic idea and blown away by the kindness of the lads to include us in their efforts. They have already raised over £500 for the three charities and have got on board several sponsors from the north east to assist with travel, petrol and catering for the trip.  Their enthusiasm is infectious and we would encourage all our supporters to consider sponsoring them to help not just Nil by Mouth’s work but the life affirming work of Kayleigh’s Wee Stars and the Tartan Army Children Charity. Scottish football doesn’t always get the best press but the kindness of this set of fans shows the real face of the game in this country.’

To donate from as little as a £1 please visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/42in42

You can also follow the group’s pre-trip activities and journey itself at:

Twitter:@iainwood14

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