Footy tour for charity

Stephen De Couto who is attempting to visit all 92 league grounds in 92 hours to raise funds for the Down's Syndrome Association
Stephen De Couto who is attempting to visit all 92 league grounds in 92 hours to raise funds for the Down's Syndrome Association

SOME football fans support Wednesday, others United.

But here’s one Sheffield bloke who is hoping every single team in the league support him in a fundraising mission to help an organisation which has proved a real boost to his best mate.

Stephen De Couto from Pitsmoor and his friends Matt Bailey and Emma Bird set off yesterday on a challenge to visit all 92 Football league clubs in England and Wales in 92 hours.

They will be aiming to pick up a signed shirt from each club.

Once they are all gathered together, the shirts and any other memorabilia the clubs have donated will be auctioned off on Ebay.

The proceeds will go to the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Stephen, aged 39, who works for Kier Sheffield, said: “I met Matt 13 years ago on an 18-30 holiday in Faliraki and have been best mates since.

“He and his wife Teri have a little girl called Taylor Mae who was born Down’s Syndrome.

“As you can imagine this was a huge shock to them and basically turned there world upside down.

“The support they have received via friends and relatives has been immense and very inspiring and a Facebook page was set up called Time for Taylor Mae which has more than 1,000 members.

“Since last year Matt has been thinking of ideas to raise money for The Downs Syndrome Association who have been a fantastic help in supporting them.

“In March 2011 he came up with the brainwave of visiting all 92 football league clubs in England and Wales in 92 hours and has asked myself and Emma, another close friend of his, to come along to help. We both accepted of course and the support and response we have had since has been fantastic.”

Log onto www.justgiving.com/the92in92 or text down92 followed by the amount to 70070 to make a donation.