Eight-year-old football fanatic raises for cause close to his heart after running 30 miles in May

An eight-year-old football fanatic who was set the challenge of running a mile a day in May to keep match fit for his grassroots club – and chose causes close to his heart for the £600 he raised after running 30 miles throughout the month.

Thursday, 25th June 2020, 5:00 am
Football fanatic Kieran Ladd

Portsmouth fan Kieran Ladd, who plays for Washington AFC’s Under-9 team, was set the challenge by club coaches and decided to use it to raise money for the Portsmouth charity, Pompey In The Community.

Over 140 people took part in the challenge, which was set by Washington AFC in order to keep their footballing family fit and healthy, both physically and mentally, during difficult times.

Over the month, Kieran raised £610, tripling his original target of £200 and will be splitting the money between Washington AFC and Pompey ITC.

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He said: “Thank you everyone for your support and donations. I'm really pleased that I managed to raise so much Money for Washington AFC and Pompey In The Community.”

Washington AFC has been supporting the local communities and parents by holding quizzes and fitness sessions to keep spirits high during lockdown.

The club has also shown their gratitude to NHS staff with a unique tribute, by displaying a ‘Thank you NHS’ message cut into the club pitch by their groundsman.

Washington AFC Head of Football, Gary Sykes said: “Kieran has been an inspiration. His dedication to run a mile a day to raise money for two football clubs close to him will support both Clubs in the community during difficult times.”

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