MK Dons will travel 4,912 miles to matches this season – and the first-team and Academy staff will be doing the same, on foot, in aid of two charities close to home.
Members of backroom team, including Liam Manning, Liam Sweeting and Simon Crampton, will be running or walking a combined 4,912 miles, which equates to 130 miles per week for 38 consecutive weeks.
The challenge will be in aid of two charities, both of which have a personal meaning to those involved and the Football Club as a whole.
Histiocytosis UK funds research into uncovering the causes of Histiocytic diseases, such as Haemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH).
Our much-loved colleague Lucy Dawson passed away from HLH at the age of just 24 in May this year and she remains missed by us all at MK Dons. By raising money for Histiocytosis UK, we hope to help raise awareness, back research and support families such as Lucy’s.
Cancer Research UK are the world's leading independent cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research, influence and information.
MK Dons Goalkeeper Coach Lewis Price is currently battling testicular cancer and by raising money for Cancer Research UK, we can help them in their quest to fund scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner.
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Head Coach Liam Manning said: “We, as a staff, were keen to show our support for the family and friends of Lucy Dawson, as well as Lewis Price as he fights against testicular cancer.
“It will be a season-long commitment from the staff that will, certainly require discipline and hard-work, but that is nothing in comparison to what the families of Lucy and Lewis are going through at this challenging time – we wanted to do our bit to help.”
Manning added: “We also urge people to support the Hike For Lucy, which will take place in October and see family and friends of Lucy climb Mount Snowdon in her memory.
“We, unfortunately, cannot be there to take part due to a league fixture but we want to see as many people as possible either taking part or supporting the Hike next month.”
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