Photograph: Ross Thompson
Article: Brian Bennett
The seven Ashington FC fans who covered a distance of 14 miles with a sponsored walk entitled ‘March for Men’ on Saturday with proceeds being donated to Prostrate Cancer UK have expressed appreciation from the support they received.
The seven – Steve Baptist, Neil Dickinson, Craig Dickinson, Mark Dickinson, Graham Chambers, Tony Gray and Gav Perry - who walked from Morpeth Town’s Craik Park via Bedlington Terriers ground then onto Woodhorn Lane, entitled their mission ‘Colliers kicking Cancer’ and Steve Baptist, who initiated the idea at Ashington said: “Everyone completed the walk and it was a great feeling. We all stuck together and the camaraderie was excellent. Morpeth Town FC provided us with breakfast before we left which was fantastic of them then we stopped at the Breakers Pool Bar and Lounge in Bedlington who supplied us with refreshments before we headed back home. One lad [Mark Dickinson] finished a 12 hours night shift at 8am on the morning, did the walk and was back to work on the Saturday night. He was flagging but his mentality was ‘people don’t have to have cancer.” He continued: “We’d like to thank Ross Thompson for taking photographs along the journey and to Ashington FC for the reception we received on arriving at the club. No final figure has been reached yet but we’d all like to thank everyone who has made a donation.” From a personal point of view, Steve was walking with an extra spring in his step: “My dad [Ken] received the all clear on Thursday after having five years of treatment for prostate cancer - and that was the best news we could have wanted,” he added.