Stags trip part of fans’ bid to raise ME funds

The four footie fans visiting Mansfield Town's One Call Stadium over Easter.
The four footie fans visiting Mansfield Town's One Call Stadium over Easter.

Four football fanatics are stopping off at Mansfield Town’s One Call Stadium as part of their plans to visit all 92 Football League in 92 hours and raise £5,000 for Invest in ME.

Fans of Crewe (Mike Harley), Yeovil (Cat Harley), Cardiff (Mike Ward) and Raz Rizvi (Arsenal) will cover thousands of miles in five days as they dash up and down the country.

At each ground - from Dagenham to Manchester United and Torquay to Liverpool - they will hand out leaflets explaining more about ME, which also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

The friends will also be collecting donations towards their target in the bid to reach an overall £350,000 goal to set up drug trials in the UK that have been successful overseas.

They are scheduled to arrive in north Nottinghamshire on Saturday 19th April at 4.30pm, the day after the Stags’ Good Friday trip to Accrington.

“My friend has suffered with ME for several years, which is why we’re helping,” said Mike Harley.

“60 to 70 per cent have responded well to treatment in the USA and Norway, so we want to get it here as well and at £291,000, the fundraising target is close, so we want to help push them over the line.

“The clubs have been tremendously helpful with 18 out of the 20 Premier League clubs inviting us out onto the pitch or featuring us in their programmes.

“We’re going to meet club legends like Mike Summerbee at Manchester City and Lee Trundle at Swansea City, so we’re delighted with the response.”

The word has been spread by the media across the country, with television appearances in East Anglia and the north-east and a radio session on talkSPORT all planned.

Mike added: “None of us have ever been to Mansfield before and it’s strange to be coming to all different grounds you see on television every week.

“We aren’t going to set a record time and we’re not going to do it 92 hours concurrently as only two of us are driving, but with us arriving at each ground in the daytime, rather than at night in sone cases, it will help us spread our message.”

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