Gareth, Scarlett and Kane Ainsworth walked from Chelsea to QPR on Wednesday for a special cause...Gareth Ainsworth pledged his support to Jeff Stelling’s epic march across England by joining the Soccer Saturday presenter for one leg on the final day of his 10-day challenge in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.
The Chairboys boss, along with his two eldest children Kane and Scarlett, linked up with Jeff and his army of volunteers at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium, walking the hour-long route to Loftus Road, where Ainsworth enjoyed many happy memories during his playing days at Queens Park Rangers.
Stelling’s adventure started 10 days previous at the home of his beloved Hartlepool United and finished at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening, helping to raise more than £300,000 for the Football League’s official charity partner.
He was joined along the way by Hartlepool chief executive Russ Green and a host of managers and ex-players, which included Matt Le Tissier, Dennis Wise, Dean Smith, Les Ferdinand and Andy Sinton on the final day.
Ainsworth said: “It’s fantastic to help raise awareness for such a great cause through football, and for everyone to come together on this walk and raise such a huge amount of money for charity is something to be proud of.
“I’m pleased to be able to play my part with my kids here today, even if it was only one leg of what has been a massive journey by Jeff and his team, which I’m sure will make a real difference to the lives of many many people who are affected by cancer.
“Along the way, as well as some fellow managers and ex-players, I was fortunate enough to meet some truly inspiring people, one of these being AFC Wimbledon fan Kevin Webber. As well as the march to Wembley, Kevin is also in training for a 156-mile run over five days in the Sahara Desert! It’s all in the name of raising awareness and money for this terrible disease, a disease he has been diagnosed with.
“So while we all think football means everything to us, results will come and go, but someone like Kevin really puts everything in perspective. He is a truly remarkable individual, and it was a pleasure to meet and walk alongside you Kevin.”
The walk spanned 262 miles in total, visiting 30 football grounds en route. For more information, visit http://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/jeff-stellings-men-united-march or text JEFF to 70004 to donate £3 to Prostate Cancer UK.