Ken’s walk – Day 9
January 1, 2000
Ken Masters was today joined by a Bristol City fan on his West Country walk.
The Rovers director now only has a few days walking left to do and today he was delighted to have three fellow walkers to keep him company.
As well as Bristol City fan Pete, who has raised £150 for the walk, Ken is also joined by Gashead Steve Forbes, who had a heart bypass last year, and Adrian who walked with him to Bridgwater yesterday.
Ken is walking between Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town and Exeter City in memory of Adam Stansfield. The walk coincides with Rovers visit to Yeovil last Saturday and Exeter’s trip to the Memorial Stadium this coming weekend.
Ken walked 20 miles yesterday, and will be walking another 20 today, and then he has two shorter walks to finish off.
He told bristolrovers.co.uk: “It is great to have more company again today, it really does make time go quicker.
“I have been joined by a City fan and we are making him walk ten yards behind us in his red shirt!!
“I told him I would convert him by the end of the walk, but it is not going well. If that is the only thing I fail at on this walk I will be happy.
“In all seriousness, it is great to have him with us, and it shows that we can put our differences behind us and come together at times like this.”
Ken is pleased that there are only a few days of the challenge left, as he is starting to tire.
He said: “This has been a great experience, but I am starting to tire and hurt now – the novelty has definitely worn off.
“I will make it to Weston tonight, and then I have a shorter walk into Backwell tomorrow, before an early morning on Saturday and the walk back into Bristol for the game.”
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, 66, whose wife has recently recovered from a major bowel operation, has wanted to do something to raise money for the Foundation for some time.
He will be walking a total of around 180 miles, averaging up to 18 miles a day.
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 9524003 or email [email protected]
To find out more about the Adam Stansfield Foundation click here