Leeds United fan set to tackle a true walk of courage

Martin Hywood
Martin Hywood
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Walking a mile might not be a big deal for most people but for Martin Hywood it’s as tough as running a marathon.

Leeds United fan Martin suffers from muscular dystrophy, a condition which means he cannot take more than a few steps without discomfort or pain.

This summer, however, 40-year-old Martin will be bravely tackling a mile-long walk to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

The Elland Road ground of his beloved Leeds will act as the finishing line for the walk, which will be held at the first convenient home game of next season.

And he is appealing for other United supporters to back him by donating money as well as joining him on the big day.

Martin, who lives in Buckinghamshire but regularly travels up to Leeds for games, said: “It’s fitting that our club anthem is Marching on Together, because that’s exactly what I hope we’ll be doing. It will be tough but I’m determined to do it.”

The dad-of-three also paid tribute to the backing he has received from websites such as Right in the Gary Kelly’s and The Square Ball as well as Gary Cooper from the Leeds United Supporters Trust and Leeds fan Jo Entwistle.

Martin is among hundreds of people nationwide participating in Move a Mile for Muscles challenges for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign over the summer.

The date of his event will not be decided until United’s fixtures for the season are published.

Martin raised around £1,700 when he successfully completed the same task of a mile-long walk at Stoke Mandeville Stadium last year.

Details of how to donate this time around will be posted shortly at www.martinhywood.blogspot.co.uk.

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