Young footballers' sponsored walk raises £4,400 for Tony Hopper

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The youngsters, parents and coaches who did the sponsored walk
The youngsters, parents and coaches who did the sponsored walk

A sponsored walk by junior Cumbrian footballers raised £4,400 for Tony Hopper.

More than 70 young players, parents and coaches from Cotehill and Cumwhinton Crusaders Soccer School completed the 11-mile walk last month.

The amount raised will help former Carlisle and Workington player Tony to help with any equipment and house alterations that he may need, having been diagnosed with bulbar-onset motor neurone disease in January.

Crusaders coach Paul Boertien, a former United team-mate, said: "We raised £4,400, which was an amazing effort by everyone involved."

The walk started in Walton, near Brampton, and went along the Hadrian's Wall route, to Newtown, through Crosby on Eden, Linstock, Rickerby and ending up at Brunton Park.

"Everyone wanted to do it for Tony. It was a great day for a great guy," Boertien added.

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