Football Club is proud to be supporting local man Andy in his challenge to
raise money to
support those living with Motor Neurone Disease through a remarkable 535-mile
At the beginning
of May, Andy Rushton, aged 53 from Cleveleys, will be taking part in the UK Red
Empire State 500, an epic cycling adventure that will see 23 intrepid riders,
including eight ex-professional rugby players, hit the road from Niagara Falls
to Central Park, New York.
rugby legend Rob Burrow’s battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Andy was so
moved after watching Rob’s video, he decided he needed to do something to
help raise awareness of this horrific disease.
Up until last
month, Andy hadn’t ridden a bike for 30 years, so has been training hard
already and along with the 22 other riders, he’ll be raising money for the
charity Rugby League Cares (RL Cares).
mission of RL Cares is to enhance and enrich people’s lives through
the power and positive influence of Rugby League. Once all the sponsorship
money has been collected, RL Cares will forward a significant amount to the Rob Burrow fund, which was set up
to support Rob in his treatment and his family. A proportion of the money raised will
also go to other players like Rob who are
living with MND.
Andy will be
raising awareness of his challenge at the Fleetwood v Rotherham game on
Saturday 21st March, and he’ll be collecting money for the charity
at half time and after the game.
“When I decided
take part in this challenge, I shared it on Facebook and was astounded by how
many people commented and said they had been affected by the disease,” said
Andy. “I have covered all of the travel costs myself, which means that all the
money raised will go to charity.
fond memories for me as that’s where I went to school, so when I heard about
Fleetwood Town fan Alan Morley who sadly passed away recently because of MND, I
approached the club in the hope that they would help me spread the word. They
agreed, and I am so grateful for their support.
“I have never
done a sponsored event in my life, and I probably never will again, so I hope
everyone can support me. Motor Neurone Disease is a horrible, terminal condition
that has no treatment or cure, so we hope that this ride and the money it
raises will play a small part in changing the lives of those affected.”
Andy Pilley, Chairman and owner
of Fleetwood Town, said:
of everyone involved with Fleetwood Town I am so pleased to be able to support
Andy’s amazing fundraising efforts.
Disease is such a devastating illness, and supporting this cause is
extremely poignant for us, having only recently lost a fellow member of
the Cod Army, Alan Morley, who was well known to myself and many others at the
club, to MND.
“It will be an
honour to have Andy and his team of collectors with us at Rotherham match, and
I’d urge as many people as possible to donate and show their support.”
If you would
like to donate to this worthy cause, you can do so through Andy’s JustGiving page, and if you’re attending the Rotherham
match on Saturday 21st March, keep your eyes peeled for him.