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Pools Star Takes On Charity Challenge

23 May 2013

Simon Walton is set for an epic charity walk this Bank Holiday weekend as part of a team raising money for Families Against Neuroblastoma.

The Pools midfielder will make the 127.5 mile trek from Liverpool to Leeds in aid of a special drive set-up to increase awareness of the Kendal Middleton Jessop Appeal. 

Two-year-old Kendal was diagnosed with the aggressive form of cancer and her parents were told it had spread to every bone in her body and their daughter was fighting for her life. 

After researching Neuroblastoma, they discovered treatments that are not currently available on the NHS that could give Kendal a better chance - but with the cost at more than £500,000 they decided to set-up the Appeal. 

Friend of the family Martin Sykes came up with the idea for a charity walk and asked Walton - a former colleague at Leeds United - if he would up for taking part. 

"Kendal is really poor, bless her, and the treatment she needs is only readily available in America," Walton explained. 

"Martin is a good friend of mine and he's close with Kendal's dad so he asked if I would get involved and I have been happy to in any way I can. 

"I've organised signed shirts and little bits and pieces over the last couple of months and now it's escalated in to this walk which I am privileged to be part of. 

"The target is a big one but there are other forms of sponsorship in place and there should be a lot of money coming in over the next few weeks as well as a Sportsman's Dinner being organised for August. 

"It's all such a worthy cause and not only are we going to be able to help Kendal but hopefully we can speed things up over here because one of the aims is to get this treatment brought in to St. James' Hospital in Leeds. 

"The walk will be a real challenge but it will drive us on knowing that we can hopefully help a lot of people in the future." 

The 'Walking On Together' challenge begins bright and early on Friday morning and they're hoping to reach the finish at Rodley, near Leeds, at around lunchtime on Monday. 

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