The boys of Huntingdon Town Rowdies U14s have started this new year by each pledging to run 60 miles in 35 days, meaning they will run a collective 1,000 miles, for EACH.
The team’s coaches, Mark Nicholson and Steve Smith, came up with the idea to keep everyone fit during this third lockdown. Among the team’s strikers is Stuie Delf, 14, whose brother, Fraser, died from Coats plus syndrome, at the age of nine, on 17 January, 2020.
Mark said: “Fraser was a massive part of our team and would regularly attend matches. The team loved to see Fraser and he loved them. When Fraser passed everyone in the team was heartbroken. It was a terrible time for everyone and had a massive impact on all of us. The whole team attended Fraser’s funeral wearing Rowdies colours, green heart shirts, to say their goodbyes.”
Every day in May last year Stuie ran 5k around his home in Huntingdon. He raised £17,000, enough to provide three days’ care and support from our hospice in Milton, where the family spent their last days with Fraser. The first day of funding was on 3 October, Stuie’s birthday. The second of those days will be this Sunday (17 January) marking one year since Fraser’s death. The third day will be 19 July, Fraser’s birthday.
Carla said: “We are all finding the start of the year very hard. It doesn’t seem right going into a new year without Fraser. It’s being made even harder by the current situation we all find ourselves in. Knowing the 17th is coming up and we can’t be with family or friends to help us through the day is hard.
“That said, knowing Stuie raised enough money for three days of care fills us with joy. We can’t thank everyone at EACH enough and knowing another family and child will be receiving the five-star care and support that we received as a family at a time that is any parent’s worst nightmare means so much to us.”
Rowdies has been a huge support mechanism for Stuie since Fraser’s death. The team had run a collective 162 miles four days into their challenge and already raised £699, surpassing their original £500 target.
To help EACH at a time when it has never needed more support – donate to the Rowdies fundraiser here.