'Across Britain in (1)80 days'

Covid has put the future of many companies and institutions into doubt; and nobody has been more affected than sports clubs, venues and the entertainment industry.

Even before the global pandemic Didcot Town FC were facing an uncertain future; but with no football matches and a temporarily closed clubhouse from March to July it appeared that the club may have to shut its doors for good.

Then, out of nowhere, an inspirational 5 year old supporter called Lincoln started a 100km bike ride fundraiser which was the catalyst for a new supporters club and an invigorated determination by many to ensure the football club continues.  Motivated by Lincoln's efforts GP Charles Walker also started raising funds for the club through a series of night-time half marathons. Despite all these magnificent efforts and with the usual rates, bills, kit and equipment to pay for the club aren't out of the woods yet....

On 22 April I started a 'virtual walk' from Lands End to John O'Groats with the target of walking almost 1083 miles in 180 days. This works out at an average 6 miles each and every day. You can find out more here LEJOG Virtual challenge 

On 25 July, I reached halfway (just north east of Manchester) so I have just over 500 miles to go, which I need to complete by the end of October. 49919954_1595742085427964_r.jpeg

In addition to raising funds for Diddy, I also hope to split any monies received with a long-time sponsor of the football club, US-based indie rock band Black Swan Lane.  BSL have supported the football club for many years and now seems an appropriate time to repay some of that generosity.  I am hoping Diddy supporters will be happy to lend their support to the band as like so many in the music industry (and non-league football), they are also facing an uncertain future.

Thank you for reading this far....and if you can afford a few quid to support Diddy and BSL that would be brilliant.


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    • 10 £ 
    • 3 d
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    • 20 £ 
    • 4 d
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    • 30 £ 
    • 11 d
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    • 20 £ 
    • 19 d
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    • 30 £ 
    • 26 d
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Steve Clare 
Didcot Town Football Club, South East England, United Kingdom
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