Leeds United fans marching on together for charity

Billy Sharp.
Billy Sharp.
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Leeds United fans will be marching on together next month in aid of two good causes.

Leeds supporters are being encouraged to walk the 30 miles from Elland Road to Rotherham United’s New York Stadium on Friday, October 17.

The trek will start at Elland Road at 7.30am with the aim of arriving in time for Leeds’s away game at Rotherham that same evening.

Organised by Leeds’s Square Ball fanzine, half of the proceeds from the walk will go to Leeds Children’s Hospital.

The other half will be donated to the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation, set up by Leeds striker Billy Sharp and his partner, Jade Fair, following the death of their son aged just two days old in 2011.

And the Square Ball team are keen for as many supporters as possible to join them on the fundraiser.

The magazine’s Michael Normanton said: “It seemed only right that we do something Leeds fans would want to get involved with.

“We’ve picked a challenge that is tough enough to be worthwhile sponsoring but hopefully not so difficult that it will put people off taking part!”

Return transport will be provided to Leeds for the walkers after the Rotherham game.

They will also receive a free digital subscription to The Square Ball for this season and next.

The route chosen for the event follows pavements and roads, so no serious walking equipment will be required.

Participants are simply being asked to come prepared with comfortable boots or trainers and weather-appropriate clothing.

For further information about the walk, visit the blog section of the www.thesquareball.net website.

Billy Sharp’s son Luey had gastroschisis, a birth defect which sees a baby’s intestines growing outside their body wall for the whole of their mother’s pregnancy.

The condition can normally be corrected by surgery but tragically in Luey’s case there were added complications which meant doctors were unable to operate.

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