An intrepid group of Sunderland staff set off on the gruelling 5 Ferries Challenge this morning, as they aim to raise money for the Bradley Lowery Foundation, a charity close to the hearts of the club and its supporters.
The group left the Stadium of Light at 6.30am this morning to begin their journey north where they will embark on the two-day challenge, cycling 52 miles across the Scottish islands, using five different ferry crossings in and around North Kintyre and Firth of Clyde to complete the route. There are four cycle stages, encompassing stunning coastline and countryside, involving some of the toughest roads on islands.
31 people from across the club, including administration, football and medical staff, are taking part in the fundraiser, accompanied by CEO Martin Bain, Kevin Ball, coaching staff Robbie Stockdale and Adrian Tucker and also Chris Coleman and Kit Symons.
Speaking prior to the group’s departure this morning, Kevin Ball said: ““I’m really looking forward to what will be a great challenge for everyone. Hopefully we can get Bradley’s Place built as soon as possible and I think something like this shows how much everyone cares about the cause.
“The effort everyone has gone to make sure they are prepared has been magnificent.”
Robbie Stockdale added: “It’s great to see all the staff getting involved for a fantastic cause which is very close to all our hearts.
“Hopefully we can help raise money and awareness and it’s a fantastic thing to be part of. I’m sure whatever pain we go through in the next couple of days will be more than worth it.”
Sunderland AFC launched its For Bradley initiative, in conjunction with the Bradley Lowery Foundation, at the end of 2017, with the aim of creating a holiday home for sick children and their families, allowing them to spend precious time together, to be named Bradley’s Place.
HOW TO DONATE
Every penny raised by the riders’ efforts will go to the Bradley Lowery Foundation. To support them in their challenge visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sunderland-afc.
For more information on the 5 Ferries Challenge, visit www.5ferrychallenge.com.