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BANTAMS AND BOLTON COMBINE IN FUNDRAISING EFFORTS FOR FORMER CITY SKIPPER

8 June 2019

Members of staff at Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers are readying themselves for a 65-mile walk - across three days - to raise funds for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.

The charity is being launched by former Bantams captain Stephen Darby, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year.

Beginning the hike, on July 26 at City’s Northern Commercials Stadium home, the walkers will head West across the Pennines and into Lancashire before eventually reaching their next milestone at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Taking two days to complete that particular stretch of the challenge, it will amount to approximately 14 hours’ of walking - with a distance of 41 miles being covered.

Into the final day, the walkers will carry on their westward haul before eventually completing the ‘Distance for Darbs’ fundraiser by reaching Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC.

Stephen Darby came through the Reds' ranks, is a boyhood fan and made seven first-team appearances for the club after helping the Under-18s to back-to-back FA Youth Cup titles in 2006 and 2007.

Part two of the three-day walk will amount to approximately eight hours of walking – 23.5 miles from the University of Bolton Stadium to Anfield.

Darby made five appearances during the 2017/18 season for Wanderers but, between his spells with Liverpool and Bolton, the former right-back amassed 239 appearances for City during five seasons in West Yorkshire.

During this time, Darby helped the Bantams earn promotion to Sky Bet League One, a League Cup Final appearance and an FA Cup run to the quarter-final under the guidance of current Bolton boss Phil Parkinson.

Plenty of money has already been raised for Stephen Darby’s newly-formed foundation, which will help to raise funds for the continued research behind motor neurone disease.

And these efforts will receive another huge boost on Sunday July 14 when City play host to European champions Liverpool, in aid of the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

To donate, please visit the event’s JustGiving by CLICKING HERE.


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