Sir Bobby Robson’s widow says she is “very proud” of Northern League chairman Mike Amos, who has walked the equivalent of London to Glasgow for charity.
Mike, 69, has raised the staggering sum of £18,000 and expects that figure to reach £20,000 by the close of the annual dinner in May.
He has walked 410 miles, around 12 miles on average – although Birtley in midweek was a marathon 16 – to 34 Northern League grounds with 10 remaining.
The money is being evenly split between the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and community-based charities of the clubs choice.
Mike is bowing out at the end of the season after a 20-year tenure as chairman, although he has been involved for 30, and he wanted to do something that would make a difference. He has certainly achieved that goal.
Lady Elsie Robson(pictured right with Sir Bobby) says: “We’re very proud of Mike and grateful that he has chosen to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation with his Last Legs Challenge.
“It’s certainly no small undertaking walking as much as this, especially given the North East weather, and there are a lot of hills out there, too.
“We’d like to thank everyone who is supporting Mike in this charity challenge, as well as everyone kind enough to have made a donation.
“What a truly wonderful and very fitting way to celebrate Mike’s long involvement with the Northern League.”
The funds were given a huge boost on Boxing Day by Evostik Northern Premier League side Spennymoor Town’s chairman Brad Groves.
Because of the club’s long association with the Northern League he promised to double what had been raised before their game. And he was true to his word, releasing a cheque for a bumper £5,000.
“I was a magnificent gesture and one we are very grateful for, “ said Mike. “Under Brad everyone at Spennymoor feels a part of the club and it is good to see them making progress.
“People have dipped into their pockets and I appreciate that. I have also enjoyed the company along the way and the walks. That in the main has not been a problem as I have never driven a car.”
A Shildon fan from boyhood, they are on course to lift the title. What a final day of the season that could be for a man whose loyalty and generosity of spirit has become a byword for supporters of non-league football in the north east.
You can find out more information about the work undertaken by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation by clicking on to the Foundation logo believe and donate to Mike Amos’ ‘Last Legs Challenge’ here
Article: Ken Gaunt