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SOUTHEND TO BRADFORD...THE LONG WALK HOME CONTINUES!

6 May 2016

Bantams kit man John Duckworth has continued his latest charity walking challenge this week, trekking from Southend to Bradford in just over seven days.


After completing his match duties for the day with Phil Parkinson's squad last Saturday, John set off from Southend United's Roots Hall ground to start the long walk back to the Coral Windows Stadium


The aim is to complete the 211-mile walk in time for the club's home game against Chesterfield at Valley Parade this Sunday.


John and three members of his Bantamstrek fundraising team - Emma and Mark Tillotson and Scott Merrifield - are currently undertaking the mammoth task to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. 


Despite a few dodgy knees, ankles and feet along the way, the trio had managed to make it all the way to Newark in Nottinghamshire by Thursday.


Speaking ahead of the walking challenge, John said: "You can't heal people with events like this but you can help to make their lives a little bit better, and that is what we are aiming to do. Macmillan is a great cause and they do a wonderful job with people.


"I love walking and doing what I can to help people with challenges like this. It is our longest challenge yet and probably the toughest but I know that every step forward is a step nearer home.


"I will be thinking about why we're doing this to keep me going through the tough times - we won't want to let anybody down.


"We raised £14,000 for Macmillan last year and £11,000 for the Burns Unit with the walk from Lincoln to Bradford.


"Every penny helps - we would appreciate any donations at all made by the fans."


Supporters can donate via the Bantams Trek Just Giving page here; https://www.justgiving.com/BantamsTrek2016


City fans can also text BANT66 followed by the amount you'd like to donate (e.g. BANT66 £5) to 70070.


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