Rovers fan Andy Maxfield is aiming to become a double world record holder this weekend, whilst raising thousands of pounds for a charity close to his heart.
Andy, a prison officer from Inskip, hopes to break the Guinness World Record for pushing a walk-behind lawnmower as far as possible in 24 hours, which currently stands at 57.6 miles (92.71km).
The record attempt will take place this Saturday (June 22nd) at Ewood Park – the home of his beloved Blackburn Rovers.
In July 2017, Andy achieved his first world record by driving a John Deere X750 lawn tractor from John O'Groats to Land's End – a distance of 874.3 miles – in five days, eight hours and 45 minutes.
His second challenge, ‘Football United against Dementia’, will once again raise valuable funds for Alzheimer's Society and Andy is asking football fans around the country for their support.
“My fundraising target is £9,200,” said Andy, whose father lived with Alzheimer’s for 13 years before sadly passing away on January 1st 2018.
“It might seem an unusual amount, but there are 92 league clubs in England and Wales, and the existing world record is just over 92km.
“Football fans are generous, as well as competitive. It would be fantastic to see a wide and diverse range of teams – even from across the world – visiting my JustGiving page (www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MowerMan) and leaving messages of support.”
Sue Swire, community fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society in Cumbria and Lancashire, added: “This is another amazing challenge by Andy to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society and unite against dementia. Dementia devastates lives, but dementia won’t win. Funds from this record attempt will help us move a step closer to a world without this cruel disease.”
Alzheimer’s Society is available for anyone affected by dementia and there are lots of ways the charity can help. For further details, call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or visit www.alzheimers.org.uk.