Devoted Shrimps fan needs your help

Mateo Sanderson and Shrimps manager Jim Bentley.
Mateo Sanderson and Shrimps manager Jim Bentley.

A devoted young Morecambe FC fan is organising a fun walk to help raise money for Children In Need and Highfurlong Special Needs School.

Mateo Sanderson, who has cerebral palsy, has been a massive Shrimps fan all his life and will embark on the charity walk on Sunday September 27.

Mateo is hoping to raise £10,000 to help fund new equipment at his school in Blackpool.

The 18-year-old has been raising money for Children In Need for a number of years.

In 2012 Mateo was lucky enough to be chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through Garstang. This will be the second time Mateo has run the fun walk which is sponsored by his favourite football club and is appealing for more people to sign up.

Shrimps manager Jim Bentley and reserve team manager and former player Stewart Drummond will also take part.

The 5k walk will start from The Midland Hotel along the promenade to Happy Mount Park where refreshments will be waiting.

Walkers will then head back to The Midland.

Registration takes place at 10am with the walk starting at 11am.

Mateo said: “The money raised will help change students’ lives forever.

“I want to beat the amount that we raised last time, and to be able to do that I need your help.

“I am in a wheelchair and can do it – so you can too!”

Mateo, with the help of Morecambe FC and the public, raised thousands in his last fun walk for Children In Need and Alexandra House, a respite centre in Lancaster.

Entry is £5 per person and walkers will receive a free ‘Mateo’s Fun Walk’ t-shirt when they return their registration form and certificate and medal when they 
finish.

Email emma@mateosfunwalk.co.uk to get the registration pack, or call 07890 776690 for more information. If you would like to donate to help Mateo fundraise please 
visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/mateos
funwalk.