Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wembley to Henley walk raises £7,000

MAN raised about £7,000 for charity by walking from Wembley stadium to Henley Golf Club on the day of Reading?s FA Cup semi-final

A MAN raised about £7,000 for charity by walking from Wembley stadium to Henley Golf Club on the day of Reading?s FA Cup semi-final.

Rob Leigh, 25, agreed to do the walk after losing a bet with friends at the golf club, where he works. He was raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

He began the 30.7-mile walk at 3am and reached the golf club at 5pm in time to watch the game, which the Royals lost 2-1 to Arsenal after extra time. Mr Leigh said: ?It all went to plan and I did it within the time I set myself. I actually set off quite quickly and had to slow down a bit. I would have missed everyone that I was due meet otherwise.?

He went via Hayes, Yiewsley, Cippenham, Slough, Maidenhead and Wargrave and then met 20 people at the Angel on the Bridge pub in Henley for the final mile-and-a-half walk to the club in Harpsden. One of the people who greeted him was Peter Phillips, a former captain at the golf club, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2012.

Mr Leigh said: ?It all felt really rewarding but it was especially nice for Peter to be able to join me on the day.

?The support I have had from the golf club and the people of Henley has been incredible.

?I did not know what to expect when we were walking through the town but we made £260 in collection buckets as we were walking through.? Mr Leigh lost a bet with friends Reece Pigden and Geoff Luckett after the FA Cup third round when his team Everton were knocked out by West Ham and Reading beat Huddersfield.

He joked that ?if Reading get to Wembley I will walk there?.

Mr Leigh said: ?I might do some other fund-raising for Motor Neurone Disease next year ? maybe play 100 holes of golf in a day.

?I would possibly be interested in doing the walk again if Reading get to Wembley again ? but I might be waiting a few years!?

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