Kirkby football fan to walk to Notts County’s Meadow Lane for Rainbows Children’s Hospice

A family from Kirkby rest their feet in preparation for a sponsored walk from Kirkby to the Notts County Ground to raise money for Rainbows  from the left are Charlotte Brearley,Lee Brearley and Connor Brearley
A family from Kirkby rest their feet in preparation for a sponsored walk from Kirkby to the Notts County Ground to raise money for Rainbows from the left are Charlotte Brearley,Lee Brearley and Connor Brearley
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A FOOTBALL mad Kirkby man and his kids are putting their best feet forward for charity and doing a sponsored walk all the way to Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground.

Magpies fan Lee Brearley recently took up walking as a way to get fit and is often accompanied on his strolls by son Connor (14) and daughter Charlotte (11).

Such has been their enjoyment at getting out in the fresh air that Connor decided that they should combine their new-found hobby with some fundraising and do a sponsored walk for charity.

Wondering which good cause they could support, the Rev Dr Neil Popham, priest in charge at St Thomas church in Kirkby suggested Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Loughborough - the only hospice in the East Midlands that cares exclusively for young people.

Said Lee (39): “When it comes to children being poorly, it touches you a little bit more.

“I spoke to Rainbows and there’s a lot of families from around our area who sadly have to use their facility as well.”

The Brearleys decided that they would walk from their home on St Thomas’ Avenue in Kirkby to Meadow Lane for Notts’ last game of the season on 5th May.

The route is around 14 miles and passes through Hucknall, then goes towards the City Hospital in Nottingham, past the prison, the Goose Fair site, the Ice Arena and then down London Road to the football ground.

“I am saying it will take us about four hours,” said Lee.

“If we leave at 9.30 we will arrive by about 1.30, well in time for the match.”

Connor and Charlotte are both looking forward to the walk, said Lee, and all three of them are hoping that the day can be topped off with a Notts County win.

“It will be a great day - we will raise some money for charity and Notts will make it to the play-offs,” he said.

Anyone who would like to sponsor the Brearleys can do so by visiting Just Giving.