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Pals will trek from Valley Parade to Leeds as football fans join campaign
A Bradford electrician and his friends are putting their footballing differences aside to take part in the Big Football tag to raise cash for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.
Scott Ogden, 26, of Wibsey, and his friends John Higgins, Jamie Higgins, Jordan Cuthbert, Adam Waterhouse, Terry Holt, Kerry Dooley and Billy and Dave Stannard will walk ten miles from Bradford City’s Valley Parade ground to Leeds United’s Elland Road home on Saturday with a ‘tag’ that will be passed from team to team until it ends up at Wembley Stadium.
The friends are either Bradford City or West Ham United supporters and all play for Sunday League side the Ancient Foresters in Wibsey.
Mr Ogden’s mum Michaela Smith, died from bone cancer a day before her 45th birthday last August, and he wanted to do something to raise awareness of the disease.
Being a West Ham United fan, he decided to help fellow West Ham fan, 11-year-old Jonjo Heuerman, who set up a charity called For Nanny and Bobby, which raises cash and awareness of bowel cancer, in memory of his own nan and Bobby Moore, the legendary England captain who lifted the 1966 World Cup, who both died of the disease.
The 11-year-old has raised £92,000 so far and has now created the Big Football Tag which involves 92 tag teams, each representing a professional UK football club, with teams of supporters moving the club armbands and sashes from one club to the next.
Jonjo needed someone for the Bradford leg, which is where Mr Ogden stepped in.
Mr Ogden said: “My mum died in August of cancer – it wasn’t bowel cancer but I am just doing my bit.”
He is also planning a parachute jump in August 14 for the BRI ward who helped his mum.
To donate, visit http://fornanny andbobby.com/#/home/4550718658.