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Haverhill football fan’s charity quest

Seven work colleagues have set themselves the task of visiting 94 football grounds, covering some 2,400 miles, in less than four days to raise funds for two charities - one of which is in Haverhill.

The group of men all work for Cambridge Assessment in Whittlesford, which does all the printing of exam papers for Cambridge University, both for the UK and the rest of the world.

One of the group, Ipswich Town fan Damian Harriss, from Castle Avenue in Haverhill came up with the idea to visit all 92 Football League grounds, plus Wembley Stadium and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The 41-year-old said: “I do a charity thing every year for different causes, I’ve done the national three peaks and the Yorkshire three peaks and this year I saw someone else had done it and I thought It would be a good idea.”

The group will raise funds for Help for Heroes and Wednesday for Women, a women’s support group that meets at the Leiston Community Centre in Haverhill.

Damian chose the two charities because he spent 16 years working in logistics in the RAF and because he has friends who use Wednesday for Women.

He also runs regular quiz and bingo nights at Haverhill Leisure Centre for the group.

The adventure starts on April 30 at 11am at Cambridge United’s ground and will return back to Cambridge within 92 hours.

Using a seven seat mini bus provided by DHL, which works with Cambridge Assessment, each person will take their turn to drive, with long breaks between driving stints, explained Damian.

Damian particularly wants to get pitchside at Portman Road and get inside Old Trafford during the trip.

To sponsor the group go to www.bmycharity.com/92clubsin92hrs.

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