Wanderers’ club captain Matt Bloomfield has kicked off the fundraising for the Chilterns MS Centre’s ‘Walk The MS Mile’ event on Saturday 16th September – and urges Chairboys fans to follow suit.
The club’s charity partner are staging five walks across the local area throughout September, and will have a team of volunteers at Wycombe’s fixture against Luton Town to collect generous donations from home and away supporters.
Registration for each walk costs just £5 – but you can pledge your support even if you can’t take part by texting WWFC05 to 70070 to make a £5 donation, or by making a cash donation at the Luton fixture.
Wanderers’ partnership with the Chilterns MS Centre grants access for its players to the hyperbaric oxygen chamber at the Centre, which has helped to accelerate the recovery from injury of a number of Chairboys stars.
The chamber is predominantly used by people with multiple sclerosis (MS) but carries benefits for those with sports injuries, allergies, ulcer and neurological conditions, as well as for people recovering from cancer and strokes.
Bloomfield is one of a number of players to have benefitted from use of the chamber, and hopes Blues fans can contribute to the charity by parting with their cash ahead of the Luton game.
“The oxygen chamber at the Chilterns MS Centre is a fantastic facility for us to be able to use and we’re really grateful to the Centre for developing its partnership with the club and enabling us to visit when we need to.
“I personally found it really beneficial, particularly at busy times of the season when games come thick and fast and you’re looking for help with your recovery to make sure you’re fit for the next one.
“The team at the Centre do a brilliant job and are so welcoming to us whenever we visit. It has a true family and community spirit and we hope the Wycombe Wanderers family can help them with their fundraising for the Walk The MS Mile event.”
Hannah Asquith, Head of Fundraising and Communications at the Chilterns MS Centre, said: “Walk The MS Mile is one of our biggest events and we’re really looking forward to staging it once again in a couple of weeks’ time.
“It was launched in 2015 and has raised almost £100,000 for the Centre, helping us support people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their carers from across Bucks, Herts and Oxon. More than 1,000 people have walked their MS mile! For many people with MS, walking a mile is a marathon effort, which makes it a massive achievement for those taking part, as well as the fundraising and awareness of the charity that comes with it.
“We’re extremely grateful to have been invited to collect donations at the Luton Town fixture at Adams Park and ask all fans to donate what they can. We would love to raise £2,500 which is just 50p for each person that attends the fixture, which would be enough to keep oxygen pumping in the chamber for an entire football season – 46 matches of 90 minutes.”
You can register to Walk the MS Mile or find out more at www.walktheMSmile.org, or text WWFC05 to 70070 to make a £5 donation.
The five walks take place in Berkhamsted (Saturday 9th September, 10.30am), Beaconsfield (Saturday 16th September, 10.30am), High Wycombe (Saturday 16th September, 2.30pm), Aylesbury (Saturday 23rd September, 10am) and Marlow (Saturday 23rd September, 3pm).