Local Policemen Set for 92 in 92 Challenge

Three local policemen are set to take on a football-themed challenge next weekend to raise funds for The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Setting off from Barnsley FC’s Oakwell Stadium, James Thorpe, Scott Sarson and Jamie Henderson plan to travel around all 92 of the Premier League and Football League grounds in 92 hours, beginning at Oakwell.

The challenge begins next Friday 12th July at 8pm, when they will depart from the Reds’ home ground through Yorkshire and into the North East before working their way through Cumbria, Lancashire, the Midlands, Wales and along the South coast.

Upon reaching London, the trio will swap four wheels for two as they travel around the clubs in the capital on bike before getting back behind the wheel to complete the 92.

All money raised will go directly to Sheffield Children’s Hospital after The Children’s Hospital Charity recently launched an appeal to transform the Cancer and Leukaemia Ward at the hospital.

Sheffield Children’s Hospital is one of just three standalone specialist children’s hospitals in the UK.

More than 269,000 patient journeys are made to the hospital each year and its work changes children’s lives from across the UK and around the world every day.

James and Scott recently visited Oakwell to talk about their upcoming 92 in 92 challenge.

James said: “There’s three of us who have spent different amounts of time in the Police in Sheffield. We’ve decided to a challenge of visiting all 92 football clubs in 92 hours. We’re travelling to each club up and down the country then when we hit London we’re going to do some of the clubs on bikes. We’re starting at Barnsley and at Oakwell. I’m looking forward to the start of it. It’s been a long time coming, it’s been a long time gearing up to this.”

Scott added: “It’s for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. It’s obviously based in Sheffield but it services a lot of places nationwide as well. There’s a couple of reasons behind that. We’ve got a colleague in the Police whose son is suffering with leukaemia and is being treated at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. My daughter was born with a heart defect and received fantastic care at the Children’s Hospital.

“Any money that we do raise goes towards the cancer and leukaemia wards that they are currently re-building. It is already a wonderful venue but hopefully this can make it even better.”

The trio have already raised just under £5,000 but are keen to raise as much as possible for a crucial, life-changing cause.

You can donate to the fantastic cause by clicking HERE and follow their progress on the challenge via Twitter.

A number of local businesses have also supported the trio through donating raffle prizes and sponsorship

If you are a local business who would like to get involved, email [email protected].