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Fanatical football fan in Sunderland on FA Cup challenge

Keith Raymond from Hampshire arriving at the Stadium of Light for the 4th round FA Cup match between Sunderland and Kidderminster Harriers. He is raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Keith Raymond from Hampshire arriving at the Stadium of Light for the 4th round FA Cup match between Sunderland and Kidderminster Harriers. He is raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

FOOTBALL fanatic Keith Raymond took in Sunderland’s latest cup tie as part of a marathon charity effort.

Keith’s wife Diane has had multiple sclerosis (MS) for the past 18 years, and this year he has decided to raise money for the MS Society by going to a game in every round of the FA Cup.

On Saturday, he was at the Stadium of Light to see Sunderland take on non-league Kidderminster Harriers, which the Black Cats won 1-0.

Keith had already travelled more than 3,000 miles this season as part of his journey, taking in 10 matches, including replays.

He has used his own money to pay for tickets and travel, and is hoping to break through his £1,000 fund-raising target soon. Keith, 61, who is from Hampshire and travelled to Wearside on the train, said: “I’ve had a great day, even though the game wasn’t the best.

“I managed to have a chat with a few fans sitting near me and Sunderland Football Club gave me a signed football for my charity auction.”

Keith added that he has already raised £800 towards his target and said he’d love a return to Wearside in later rounds of the cup. “If I had to come up here again, even though it’s a long way to travel, I wouldn’t mind at all because I love the North East.”

To donate to Keith’s appeal, go to www.justgiving.com/Keith-Raymond.

 

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