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The Big Road Trip 2016

Friday Nov 4, 2016


 Update from charity challenge!


 Some of our fans may remember that, over the weekend of 25th and 26th June 2016, two (mad) Hatters drove more than 1,000 miles around the country, visiting all twenty-two Conference North grounds from the 2015/16 season, to raise as much money as possible for their chosen charity, ‘Kidscan’.

 Greg Hall (‘Sandbach Hatter’) and Gareth Evans (‘Hatter in Macc’) are founder members of Stockport County’s online fans’ forum, ‘County Heaven’, and having already organised sponsored walks to away matches at Macclesfield Town in 2013, and Hyde FC in 2015, they decided to do something a little different for their next adventure.

 Leaving County’s Edgeley Park at 8am on the Saturday morning, not only did they manage to visit all twenty-two grounds in this league (stretching across twenty counties), but they also took in six ‘bonus grounds’, before arriving back just five minutes behind schedule on the Sunday evening. 

 Greg and Gareth aimed to raise £1,500 for their adopted charity, Kidscan, which is a children’s cancer charity based in Salford, but they surpassed even their own high expectations, raising a grand total of more than £2,200, something they are immensely proud of.

 Since the event, Greg has contacted the club to ask that the following message be passed on: “I think I speak for both Gareth and myself when I say that our Big Road Trip earlier this year, is one of the craziest, but ultimately most fun and rewarding things, either of us has ever done. The generosity of fans up and down the country was astounding, and we met lots of fantastic, proper supporters on our travels, but we wanted to pay special thanks to three clubs in particular: Harrogate, Lowestoft and Tamworth.

 We arrived at The Lamb Ground quite late on the Sunday afternoon, as it was one of our final stops, and were immediately welcomed by Emma Longdon, Teresa Whitehouse, Dave Brown, Alan Fitzpatrick and Richard Bowker. Not only had they opened up the ground, so that official photographs could be taken beside your new pitch, but they generously presented us with a signed football, not to mention various other goodies – and snacks – which were gratefully received for the journey ‘home’!

 We also received donations onto our Just Giving page from a few Tamworth fans, and we are hugely grateful for this. The amount we raised will make a massive difference to a small, independent charity, in their fight against childhood cancer.

 There is still time to increase that figure, however, so I am auctioning off the signed Tamworth football in an attempt to boost our total even further. If any Tamworth fans fancy owning this special piece of memorabilia, please e-mail me at sandbachhatter@hotmail.co.uk asap, with your contact details and bid. I’m closing the auction at midnight on Friday 9th December 2016, and the highest bidder will win. I’ll even cover the postage to send the football to you (unless you want to collect it in person at Edgeley Park later this season, in which case I’ll buy you a drink instead!).

 We cannot thank you enough for making us so welcome, and wish Tamworth every success in the future (apart from, perhaps, when you visit Edgeley Park later this season!)”
  

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