Ken still looking for somewhere to stay
January 1, 2000
Can you help?
With less than a week to go until his charity challenge, Rovers director Ken Masters is still looking for people to put him up along the way when he embarks on his fundraising trek.
Ken is taking part in a gruelling West Country walk to raise money for charity.
At the end of the month Ken will be walking between Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town and Exeter City in memory of Adam Stansfield.
The walk will coincide with Rovers visit to Yeovil on April 2nd and Exeter’s trip to the Memorial Stadium on April 9th.
Ken will be starting out from the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, March 29th on his way to Huish Park. He will then go from Yeovil down to Exeter and hopes to make it to St James Park on April 4th.
After meeting with members of the Adam Stansfield Foundation and Exeter City, Ken will begin the final leg of the journey – back to the Memorial Stadium in time for kick off on April 9th.
And although Ken has received a number of generous offers of help, he is still looking for somewhere to stay on five different nights.
So he is looking to hear from anyone living in and around Chard, Crewkerne, Cullumpton, Wellington, Taunton and Bridgwater.
The Adam Stanfield Football Foundation has been set-up to support and encourage participation in youth football across the South West region.
The Foundation has been formed in memory of Adam who died on August 10 last year at the age of just 31 from bowel cancer.
Ken, whose wife has recently recovered from a major bowel operation, has wanted to do something to raise money for the Foundation for some time.
When he realised that Rovers were playing two of Adam’s former teams in consecutive weeks, he decided that a walk around the West Country would be the perfect challenge.
Ken, 66, who has completed a number of running events over the years, wanted to do something that would provide him with a challenge.
He has now well under way with his training, and is walking up to 18 miles a day.
He said: “This will be a big challenge, but it is for a very good cause.
“I was touched by the tragic death of Adam, who was struck down at such a young age, and wanted to do something in his memory. I am also heavily involved with the youth and community departments at Bristol Rovers, so I was also keen to do something that would benefit youth football in the South West.The fact that we were playing two of Adam’s former teams in consecutive weeks seemed like too good an opportunity to turn down. I am doing well with my training and walking long distances without feeling any side effects. I expect to walk about 20 miles a day when I get going, so I want to make sure I am well prepared.”
Berkley Coaches have kindly donated a mini bus to follow Ken on his journey, but he is still looking for supporters of all three clubs who can put him up on his walk around the West Country.
And although Ken will be embarking on the challenge alone, he would be grateful for any company along the way.
He said: “I don’t expect anyone to come on this journey with me, but if anyone out there wanted to do one leg of the trip, or even just a few miles, then I would be very pleased to have some company.”
Ken has also had a two night golfing weekend for four in Ireland donated by the Roganstown Hotel and Country Club in County Dublin.
Details of how this will be raffled off will be revealed shortly.
Andy Cole, Chairman of the Adam Stansfield Foundation said “We are all very moved by the number of people wanting to raise funds for Adams foundation; we would like to thank Ken for his support and wish him luck with this challenge.”
A Just Giving page is currently being set up for those wishing to donate to the cause, but in the meantime, anyone who would like to offer donations or a bed for the night should contact Kirsty Pugh at the club on 0117 9542003 or email [email protected]
To find out more about the Adam Stansfield Foundation click here