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Richard Ainley Set To Represent Macclesfield Town At The Mind United: Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

12 March 2020

Over the last few weeks, we have been asking our loyal supporters for someone to represent the club in the Mind United: Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on 5th July 2020.

We are delighted to announce that devoted fan Richard Ainley has accepted what will be a tremendous test of both physical and mental strength.

Speaking to www.mtfc.co.uk, Richard stated -

"As a season ticket holder at Macclesfield Town, I have watched them play both home and away over recent years and was intrigued to see the little squiggle on the back of the lad's shirts.

"I had no idea what it represented, until I found out that it symbolised Mind - the mental health charity.

"Last season, I followed with interest the great achievement by Andrew Lamont who represented Macclesfield Town as part of last year's challenge.

"I was inspired by Andy's fabulous efforts and thought that I would put myself forward this time around.

"Then the announcement on the official site came and when I realised that the trek would be twenty-three miles long I have to admit that I initially had second thoughts!

"But I really wanted to do it, due to the fact that it does represent such a physical and mental test.

"The work that Mind do in supporting people with mental health problems is absolutely vital. 

"Mental health problems don't discriminate on the basis of age, race, colour, gender or even Football Club they support!

"For these reasons, I am really looking forward to completing this challenge and the exciting journey ahead of me."

Further to this, Silkmen Media Manager Bob Trafford stated the following -

"First of all, I would like to thank Richard for agreeing to represent Macclesfield Town as part of this amazing challenge.

"We are incredibly grateful that he has agreed to this gruelling test - all to raise funds for Mind.

"We all know how poignant mental health issues are within today's society and as a result, the actions of people like Richard really do help to break the tangible stigma which sadly still exists all too prevalently.

"We will be supporting Richard every step of the way and over the course of the next few weeks, we will be unveiling different ways in which the Club will be helping Richard to raise as much cash as possible for Mind."

You can donate to Richard's Virgin Money Giving page by clicking on the link here.

Every single penny will be used to help Mind support those suffering with mental illness and break the narrative which has already seen so many people taken from us too soon.


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