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Supporters to embark on charity walk this Saturday

23 November 2017

A mix of Stags' fans and Chesterfield supporters are set to complete a 14.2 mile trek from the Proact Stadium to One Call Stadium ahead of Saturday's local derby in aid of two charities.

Organised by Stags' fan Mick Edge and family, over 50 walkers will take part in their third charity walk in aid of Guide Dogs and a local Alzheimer's charity.

Mick's son, Nathan, turned blind over the space of a weekend in February 2014 and has since raised thousands of pounds for the charity which changed his life, Guide Dogs.

For Saturday's walk, the Edge family have teamed up with Stags' legend Kevin Bird and his wife Sue. The former Stags' defender suffers from Alzheimer's and all funds from Saturday's endeavour will be split between a local Alzheimer's charity and Guide Dogs.

The Edge family feel very proud to have several inspirational people joining them on the walk and Nathan will have his friends Kim and Laura with him throughout the journey, the latter of whom was a torchbearer and ambassador at the 2012 London Olympics. Like Nathan, both Kim and Laura are visually impaired.

The group will also be joined by current Miss Mansfield Jessica Pinnick and 12 nurses from Orchard Medical Practice.

Furthermore, friends and family who have become close to the Edge family throughout various fundraising events over the last few years will take part in the walk.

The walkers are set to meet at One Call Stadium at 6.15am on Saturday morning before travelling to Chesterfield's Proact Stadium for the 7.00am start time.

Mick Edge, organiser of the walk said: "Thank you to Skills Coaches for supplying a free coach, organised through the Stags Supporters' Association, to transport us to Chesterfield in the early hours."

The Stags' fans arranged to meet a group of Chesterfield supporters for the walk and they have raised a fantastic £130 from the Spireites' players.

The Three Cottages in Winsick and the Young Vanish at Glapwell very kindly agreed to supply the ramblers with refreshments on the way to One Call Stadium.

Mick, a lifelong Stags' fan, continued: "We would like to say a massive thank you to Mansfield Town Football Club who support us in every way possible not only in our charity walks but also via the Radford Foundation.

"The foundation helped Nathan to reach his dream of playing for his country and playing in the European Championships in Berlin earlier this year.

"Stags have won on the days of each of the last two charity walks; beating Chesterfield 1-0 at the Proact Stadium in 2013 before hammering Notts County 5-0 in 2016 at One Call Stadium.

"Here's hoping we keep up our 100 percent record on Saturday!"

If anyone would like to donate to the Edge family's charitable endeavours, please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/MTFCWalkers


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