Leeds United fan Martin is top of the league for charity heroics

Simon Grayson, Martin Hywood and Josh Warrington

Simon Grayson, Martin Hywood and Josh Warrington

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A Leeds United fan and muscular dystrophy sufferer has raised thousands of pounds for charity by marching on together with fellow Whites supporters and a clutch of famous faces.

Martin Hywood’s condition means he cannot take more than a few steps without feeling discomfort but he has still managed to walk individual miles to, or at, 14 of the country’s top sporting events and venues in 2016.

The last of his walks took place prior to United’s home game against Huddersfield Town earlier this month, with scores of fans joining him as he bravely made his way from Holbeck Park to Elland Road’s Billy Bremner statue.

Now the 42-year-old dad-of-three, from Buckinghamshire, has revealed that the amount raised for Muscular Dystrophy UK by his efforts has topped £15,000 – thanks in no small part to United supporter Gary O’Leary-Steele, who generously donated a work bonus payment of more than £4,000 to the cause.

Martin told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The backing I have had – especially from people like Gary – has been incredible.

“The money I’ve raised will fund 485 hours of research, which is the really important thing.

“It’s been a wonderful year and I have met some wonderful people along the way.”

Martin’s walks have taken him to locations such as London’s Oval cricket ground, Buckinghamshire’s Stoke Mandeville Stadium – the birthplace of the Paralympic movement – and the Oxford athletics track where Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile.

The well-known names who have joined the walks include Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Jones-Buchanan, former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson, boxing champ Josh Warrington, Kaiser Chiefs bassist Simon Rix and actor Ralph Ineson.

To support the fundraising, visit www.justgiving.com/Martin-Hywood3

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