Uckfield footie mad lads’ in a league of their own

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Four football-mad lads are preparing to visit all 92 football league clubs in England and Wales within 92 hours to raise money for two charities.

Chris Jackson, Luke Martin and Dan Preston, who all work in Uckfield, join former colleague Rich Burrough to also take in the friendly between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium, as part of a 2,400 mile, non-stop test of endurance, stamina and the depths of football banter!

The team are hoping to raise £9,200 for Echo Evelina Children’s Hospital based near Gillingham, and ICC Missions, a Sussex-based charity that supports projects in the Ukraine that bring hope to orphaned and underprivileged children in the fall-out zone from Chernobyl.

The three work for Bell Lane Christian organisation, the Memralife Group, which is helping to sponsor their attempt. Rich has just moved on from the firm.

As well as raising money through sponsorship, they are also aiming to collect 92 pieces of football memorabilia through the trip, that they will auction on Ebay.

Dan said: “We wanted to support small charities who do amazing work without the high profile.

“ICC Missions is the charitable arm of Memralife Group. Chris has first-hand experience of Echo, who supported his family as his son Owen underwent major heart surgery at just two years old, and we wanted to get behind Echo for him.”

Rich added: “The 92 in 92 has only been done a handful of times before, but never, to our knowledge, with a trip to Wembley in the middle!

“We know it’ll be tough, but it will also be a fantastic adventure and we hope the clubs and all football fans will get behind it. With their help we’re sure we can raise a decent amount of money!”

The team sets off from Eastbourne Borough Football Club at 6am on Wednesday, February 6.

They reach Brighton’s Amex Stadium at around 6.30am and cover the South West before taking in England’s match at Wembley that evening.

All being well, the challenge will end at Crawley Town sometime on Saturday, February 9.

The team are hugely grateful for the support of three local businesses; Birchwood Kia which is providing a car, Tunbridge Wells-based Halcyon Print Management, which is paying for the fuel, and Memralife.

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