FIVE servicemen are hoping to score for charity by visiting 92 football clubs in 92 hours.
Steve Hoole, Nigel Owen, Jamie Cumming, Steven Foley and Nick Hanny, will be starting and ending their trek at the Stadium of Light and will be aiming to visit all Premier and League grounds in England and Wales.
The football fans, who are all based at RAF Leeming in 5 Squadron, will be raising money for the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) to help fellow service personnel, as well as Help for Heroes.
Flight Sergeant Hoole, a flight operations manager who lives in Durham, said: “We’re all football fans and we thought the bigger the challenge the more money we could raise for charity.
“Myself and Nigel are Sunderland fans and we live in Durham, which is why we decided to start and end the event at the Stadium of Light.”
Along the way, they will be aiming to collect a piece of football memorabilia from each club, which will then be auctioned off at a black tie dinner at a future date.
They will be undertaking the challenge from today until Friday in a car provided by Vauxhall, which is also paying for the petrol after hearing about their efforts.
Steve added: “We’ve plotted the route and, providing we don’t hit traffic, we may even complete it in 75 hours.
“In London we’ll be able to get round a lot at once, but then there’s other clubs like Bristol which are hundreds of miles to get to. We’ll be taking photos of us at all the clubs and it would be great to get a signed shirt that we can auction.
“We’ve contacted all the clubs to tell them what we’re doing. A few of them have come back to us, others we haven’t heard anything from, but they must get inundated with things like this.”
RAFA is a registered charity that provides welfare support to RAF personnel and their families. Whether it’s an injured airman fighting to get back on his feet, a young child missing their parent who is away on overseas operations, or a Second World War veteran needing a shoulder to lean on, RAFA is there to help all generations of RAF Service personnel and their families.
Steve added: “All of us have been moved by the real challenges faced by injured serviceman and women and the difficulties faced by personnel after they leave the service.
“We have been fortunate enough to meet hugely inspirational, motivational people such as Derek Derenalagi, who lost both his legs above the knee in Afghanistan and has gone on to become a truly great Paralympian and real life inspiration, proving that anything is possible and that none of us should ever, ever give up.
“Although our challenge pales into insignificance when compared to some people’s real life struggles, we have been moved to try to give something back to support as many people as we can as they struggle back from their own setbacks.”
To sponsor the 92 in 92 team visit www.92in92.org.