Uppermill FC in training for an epic '14 Miles for 14 Smiles' fund-raiser

Reporter: Simon Smedley
Date published: 24 April 2020

Officials at Uppermill Football Club will certainly be stepping up to the plate next month as they hope to raise lots of vital funds for the NHS and numerous local charities across Greater Manchester.

The Manchester League outfit's current first-team manager Mark Howard explained to the Chronicle exactly what the club has planned.

Mark said: "We've decided that we're going to do 14 miles running, or walking, over a seven-day period in May.

"We figured 14 miles because there are 14 NHS hospitals in the Greater Manchester area that we will be fundraising for.

"We're doing it for the hospitals and local charities too, as the money is so badly needed at this time during the pandemic."

The event will start on Thursday, May 14, which is an NHS appreciation day, and run to the end of May.

It can be started anytime from the 14th, but must be completed within a seven-day period.

Mark added: "All of Uppermill FC's junior and senior teams, vet's team and our walking football team are taking part, including our players, coach's and committee members.

"We would like to invite all teams in the Greater Manchester area to take part, both junior and senior teams.

"Clubs can nominate their own local charities and NHS hospitals themselves if they have any preferences, just let us know please."

Any teams, clubs or groups interested in taking part in this awesome fundraising event with Uppermill FC should message either Club Secretary Michelle at: michellesimps10@gmail.com, or Mark Howard at: markhoward1974@gmail.com

A 'Just Giving' fundraising page, with an initial target amount of £2,000, has been set up.

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