Annie Carter cycles for The Footprints Family

Annie cycles for The Footprints Family

Annie Carter has done a sponsored cycle ride to raise much needed funds for the Footprints Family. It took place last July and she raised a massive £1250

The Footprints Family would like to send a huge thank you to the Carter Family for their wonderful support.

This is Annie's story....

I came up with the idea to do a fundraiser for The Footprints Family in October 2020 after my Granma, Margaret Borthwick, was telling me about how the Footprints Family had been struggling financially as a consequence of the pandemic. She would frequently tell me about how all of the children were doing and would show me pictures of them via the Footprints Facebook page. My Granma is a Godmother to Mutua and Kijana who she last saw when she visited he orphanage on 2012 so i knew that doing some sort of fundraiser would mean a lot to her and the orphanage especially in this time when there weren't many positive things to focus on.

I live in Liverpool and i am a very keen Huddersfield Town fan and my dad, my sister and I frequently travel over to Huddersfield to watch the 'mighty terriers' in action. It seemed a great idea to attempt to cycle from home to the stadium in Huddersfield and planning the route across the Pennines and working with the club during the preparation period was very special to me.

We started training in January 2021 and training throughout lockdown was very convenient as me and Dad had lots of spare time because I couldn't attend my regular sporting clubs and we didn't have to commute anywhere. We were training through many different conditions and although at times it was very challenging, we knew that we couldn't back out.

We completed the 65-mile cycle on 30th July 2021 - which just so happened to be one of the only days that summer that was raining the entire day. After a long 10 hours on the bikes, we arrived at The John Smith's Stadium in time to meet one of the club legends, Andy Booth. We were allowed to wheel our bikes onto the pitch (which was the first time we had seen the pitch in 19 months) and we were allowed to get changed in the players dressing room which was an extraordinary experience.

A day never to forget with a rollercoaster of emotions but ultimately rewarding.

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