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Deadline for Huddersfield Town's latest Keep It Up walk looming

Andy Booth's Hillsborough to Home event on Sunday, October 16 covers 23 miles

Andy Booth is doing the ‘Hillsborough to Home’ 23-mile walk for the Keep It Up campaign - why not join him?

The Friday deadline for Huddersfield Town fans to join Andy Booth’s ‘Hillsborough to Home’ 23-mile walk for the Keep It Up campaign is fast approaching.

The club ambassador is behind the event which links his two former teams and will raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

It takes place on Sunday, October 16 and walkers will leave Hillsborough in the early hours.

The idea is to arrive at the John Smith’s Stadium in time for the big Town-Wednesday Championship derby, which kicks off at 12.00.

Sponsored by Absolute Warehouse Services, the event is the club’s fourth sponsored walk in aid of the Keep It Up campaign, which supports the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Town’s academy.

Huddersfield-born Booth, now 42, scored 150 goals in two spells at Town and 34 for Wednesday.

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“I’m really looking forward to the ‘Boothy’s Hillsborough to Home’ walk,” he said.

“Both clubs are close to my heart.

“With the game being an early kick-off it will be a very early start but I think that just makes it even more exciting and more of a challenge.

“I took part in the last event in 2015 and it was a great day with brilliant camaraderie between all the walkers.

Huddersfield Town Club Ambassador Andy Booth

“The event has already raised more than £90,000 and it would be great if supporters would join me again and help us get above the £100,000 barrier and perhaps even further!”

Yorkshire Air Ambulance director of fundraising Paul Gowland said: “We’re really looking forward to ‘Boothy’s Hillsborough to Home’ walk and would like to encourage as many supporters as possible to get involved.

“The best thing about all the ‘Keep It Up’ events is the atmosphere and solidarity there is between everyone.

“They are always great fun, if tough, but it’s always worth it for the amazing welcome we get back at the stadium.

“I’m encouraging all our staff and crew at the YAA to get involved so would like to encourage as many supporters and their friends and families to get involved too.

“We appreciate every single Town supporter who has raised funds for the campaign since our partnership began, and we’re so happy that the event is back this season!

“It is a really exciting time for the YAA at the moment as we are about to start operations in the first of our two brand new Airbus H145 helicopters.

Huddersfield Town reach one million milestone for Keep It Up campaign. The air ambulance at Canalside, l to r, (back) Tony Wilkes (paramedic) and Andy Armitage (paramedic) (front) Dean Hoyle (Huddersfield Town chairman) and Paul Gowland (YAA Director of Fundraising).
Huddersfield Town reach one million milestone for Keep It Up campaign. The air ambulance at Canalside, l to r, (back) Tony Wilkes (paramedic) and Andy Armitage (paramedic) (front) Dean Hoyle (Huddersfield Town chairman) and Paul Gowland (YAA Director of Fundraising).

“We have been planning and working towards this momentous occasion for so many years now, it’s finally coming to fruition and we couldn’t be more excited.

“Town fans and supporters of the Keep It Up campaign have gone a long way to helping us achieve this dream with their continued support and fundraising efforts.

The event entry fee is £15, which includes coach transport from PPG Canalside to Hillsborough to begin the walk kindly provided by Stotts Coaches, a breakfast, a snack and refreshments as well as an ‘I completed the Walk’ t-shirt.

The minimum age to take part is 13 and participants aged 13-15 must be supervised by an over 18.

Entry forms can be downloaded on Town’s website.

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