County fans counting the pounds after 24-mile charity walk

DIG DEEP:John Hughes and Terry Clarke taking donations at Rodney Parade

DIG DEEP:John Hughes and Terry Clarke taking donations at Rodney Parade

First published in News

TWO dedicated Newport County fans were counting the donations – and their blisters – yesterday, after 24-mile charity walk to the game at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

John Hughes and Terry Clarke set off from their home town of Bristol at 8am to get the ground on time, ahead of the match against Wycombe.

The pair are raising money for children’s charity Dreams and Wishes – who sponsor the Exiles’ youth team – and despite describing themselves as “shattered” after the five-and-a-half hour trek yesterday, Mr Hughes said it was all worth it.

“We are definitely feeling it today, but the support from people was amazing,” he said. “They were very kind and very generous.”

The pair have already raised more than £300 in online donations, and although they could not confirm the exact amount raised yesterday due to the sealed nature of the collection buckets they were carrying, Mr Hughes said one was “very heavy”.

“We crossed the Old Severn Bridge and came in Caldicot way, where people were pulling over in their cars to donate,” added the 49-year-old.

“We managed to hit a few pubs too like the Ivy Bush and the Riverside which proved very fruitful, and we went pitch side before the game.

“A huge thank you to everyone who donated.”

They will conclude their fundraising efforts with a pub quiz at the Cross Keys pub on Market Street, from 8pm on April 24.

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