Four football fans from Eastbourne are currently on a mammoth trip around the UK visiting all 92 league grounds in the space of 92 hours to raise money for charity.
Rich Burrough, Chris Jackson, Luke Martin and Dan Preston will aim to complete the non-stop trip tomorrow after covering a total of 2,400 miles.
They began their journey in Eastbourne at 6am on Wednesday morning before travelling along the south west and then back towards London for the England-Brazil game at Wembley Stadium. The quartet then drove north along the east coast before arriving in Manchester early this morning.
Mr Burrough said, “We’re all football fans and thought it would be a great adventure, but it’s also an endurance test as we’re rotating drivers and only sleeping during peak times which is 8:00am and 5pm. The fact we’re doing something exceptional makes every minute worth it and hopefully this will be remembered in the future.”
The crew are aiming to raise £9,200 for the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London and ICC Missions, a Sussex-based charity that supports projects for orphaned and under-privileged children in Ukraine.
“All of us involved have something to do with each charity. Chris’ son had heart surgery at two years of age and ECHO helped support his family during that period. By doing remarkable things like we are today, it helps us show these charities how much respect we have for them now and for what they’ve done in the past.”
As part of the trip, the four men will collect 92 pieces of football memorabilia which they will later auction on Ebay.
“Gathering items from each ground will allow us to raise more money while also selling items that buyers will treasure, so it works for everyone.”
The team are hugely grateful for the support of three local businesses; Birchwood Kia, Eastbourne, who are providing a car, Tunbridge Wells based Halcyon Print Management, who are paying for the fuel, and Uckfield’s Memralife Group who have met the costs of stationery and 92 postage stamps.
“The support we’ve had throughout has been fantastic. “
The journey is due to end at Crawley Town’s Broadfield Stadium tomorrow afternoon.