Last week Bob Steel, a keen Nuneaton Town fan, popped in to the club asking to see Dave Sharpe.

Dave takes up the story

“He had a heart breaking story to tell, and a special favour to ask.

Bob’s grandson Devon Steel was born with a congenital life-limiting heart condition which he fought with courage until his fragile heart could not carry on and he passed away on nuneatonOctober 30th last year aged just five months.

His devoted parents, Luke and Jaclyn, had planned for the three of them to start family life in Jaclyn’s home town in the USA, but sadly Devon was never able to make the journey.

Recently, Devon’s Uncle Jamie and Auntie Sam decided to do something for the three organisations that had helped Devon and his family through the tough times. Birmingham Children’s Hospital ICU, Acorns Children Hospice and Ronald McDonald House, which provides free accommodation for families with hospitalised children.

Their plan is to make the journey for Devon – a distance of 3,888 miles! A team of 80 volunteers will be cycling around the clock for a week at Griff and Coton Sports Club in Nuneaton starting on May 14th. People will also be pram pushing, swimming and walking to cover the distance ending on May 21st, the date of Devon’s first birthday.

And Bob’s special favour? For the club to promote the event and encourage people to give generously. So that’s what we are doing here.

Devon’s family want his legacy to be that he helped other children by raising awareness and funds. Please support their terrific work by visiting Devon’s Journey on Facebook or go to:

Everyone at Non-League Daily wishes them the very best of luck


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