AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown has made an emotional plea for people to support the Velo & Blue fundraising appeal.
Half the funds raised from this years event will go to Anthony Nolan, a charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer, with the rest going towards equipment for the club’s gym. Velo and Blue tickets are now available to buy online, ahead of Wimbledon cycling team’s climb of Mont Ventoux on 30 April, and they can also be bought at AFC Wimbledon’s home game this Saturday against Torquay United.
Terry knows how important the appeal is because the Anthony Nolan charity played a crucial role in saving the life of his wife Suzy, who needed an operation last year. “It is an absolutely fantastic charity,” he said. “They did a brilliant job when my wife was ill last year and there is real progress in the battle against Leukaemia. They only have a tight window to get suitable donors in for bone marrow and the charity has huge success in what they do. I am certainly a very grateful husband. My wife has just had the all-clear for another six months. She has to have checks every month, but the bone marrow has been a tremendous success so far. The charity does a great job in saving the lives of young and old people alike.”
Wimbledon physio and Velo & Blue cyclist Mike Rayner explains how the other half of the money raised will be spent on equipment for the AFC Wimbledon club gym. “The gym based at the clubs training ground is still in very much in its infancy, currently we only have 3 cardio-vascular machines. We would like to add a hand bike, Cross-trainer, Stepper and Spin Bikes asap. This would allow more players to work at the same time and increase the variety of training available, especially when a player is injured. The gym is an important facility for improving and maintaining player fitness and not just first team or injured players. The equipment is also used daily by several of the club’s other squads including the Academy and Development sides. Improving the quality of the gym will not only benefit the club next season but for many years to come as the club looks to establish itself in the Football League.”
The Velo & Blue fundraising team undertake their gruelling climb of Mont Ventoux in France on 30 April.
“I know Mike and the Velo and Blue team have all put in a lot of training for this, on behalf of the players and myself we wish them good luck, it looks ridiculously hard so rather them than me! So please support their challenge and help two good causes.”
Tickets are on sale here.