Cycling 500 miles to every Premier League Club in England is what Arsenal legend, Bob Wilson, is taking on, aged almost 70, from Monday, April 18.
Bob kicked off his big challenge at the Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers match on April 2 when he takes a spin around the pitch at half time. Bob will cycle to each of the 20 Premier Laegue club plus Scotland's Hampden Park, meeting old rivals along the way, and aims to raise more than £250,000 for his charity, the Willow Foundation.
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The former Arsenal goalkeeper founded the Willow Foundation, which provides empowering and memorable special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds. The charity was founded with his wife Megs in memory of their daughter Anna, who died of a rare cancer aged just 31.
Backed by the Premier League, Bob will take on the tough challenge, kicking off the 500-mile trip at Fulham on April 18 then heading on to Chelsea, West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham, before heading north. Bob will arrive at Arsenal around 2pm on the first day of his ride. Bob expects to complete his adventure in Scotland on Friday, April 29.
The tough cycle ride aims to highlight the difficult emotional challenges of daily life experienced by thousands of seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds and their families throughout the UK. Money raised will go directly towards the Willow Foundation's quality of life experiences, making a real and positive difference at a time when people need it most.
"Turning 70, I wanted to achieve something special in my 71st year with this 500-mile cycle ride. 1970/71 is already a significant number for me as it was my greatest year in football - winning the European Fairs Cup in 1970 and one year later, the coveted League Championship and FA Cup 'double'. Combining another big achievement some 40 years later with a chance to support so many young people living with serious illness means so much to me," said Bob.
Bob Wilson's Soccer Cycle is sponsored by major property company, Frogmore and Ireland's biggest and most successful bookmaker, Paddy Power.
Donations can be made online, in support of Bob, or in memory of a loved one at www.justgiving.com/BobWilsonSoccerCycle or text 'WILLOW' to 70050 to donate £1.50 during April, courtesy of 02. The £1.50 donation will be added to your next phone bill, plus your standard network text charge. Full terms & conditions at www.bobwilsonsoccercycle.com
For more information about the Willow Foundation visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk or telephone 01707 259777.Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 6 Apr 2011