One Team, One Dream for Pancreatic Cancer
There'll be two special football fans at Sunday's Emirates FA Cup tie against West Ham United at Ewood Park.
Liam Molly and Mel Pickup are raising awareness and support for UK charity Pancreatic Cancer Action and will be collecting at the Fosters' Fan Zone before the game.
The pair were motivated to start the campaign by the loss of great friend Kevin who died from pancreatic cancer aged 48. Kevin was a huge football fan and also coached youngsters in football. Kev's mum also died of pancreatic cancer in 1969 aged just 27 - their deaths were 40 years apart yet there has been no improvement in survival rates in all of that time. Pancreatic cancer survival rates remain shockingly low.
Their cup quest began on August 15 at the Cleethorpes Town v Brigg Town FA Cup Extra Preliminary match, with the aim of following the winner of each game all the way through to the final at Wembley on Saturday 21st May.
They followed Cleethorpes to Clipstone and then to Rugby Town, then Brackley and back to Rugby for a replay.
The cup draw then took them back to Brackley Town for two further rounds before moving onto Newport County for a 1st round replay. The second round took them to Barnet before returning to Newport County for the match against Rovers.
However after a five hour journey, they were one mile from the ground when the match was called off because of the inclement weather! Liam and Mel returned to Newport for the re-arranged fixture before following Rovers to the Kassam Stadium for their 3-0 win over Oxford United.
Now it is time for them to visit Ewood Park for Sunday's tie against the Hammers - their 13th FA Cup match to date.
All monies raised in the bucket collections and on their Just Giving page
is going to the award winning charity, Pancreatic Cancer Action
which was started by a rare pancreatic cancer survivor who now throws all of her time and energy into trying to improve survival rates so that there can be more survivors like her in the future. A wonderful charity that helps so many people.
You can follow Liam and Mel on Facebook
and welcome interaction with football fans from all clubs.