Two Preston North End fans have raised more than £50,000 for NHS charities, after setting up ‘Boot The Virus’ campaign.
Kenny Marland and his partner Joanne Dalton started the campaign to raise money for NHS Charities, by auctioning off donated football boots.
So far the appeal has raised £51,850 at the time this article was written (21st of May).
Clubs and former players from across the football leagues have donated signed football boots to the brilliant cause.
PNE season-ticket holder Kenny is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment in his fourth battle against cancer.
He explained: “I have a personal affinity with the NHS heroes. Due to my vulnerable situation, I am frustrated at having to stay at home when I would rather be volunteering to help the wonderful people at the NHS.
“I was pondering how I could combine my passion for football and help out? Then the idea of Boot The Virus came to me in a chat with Joanne! So, we are asking professional footballers from all the professional leagues in England to donate a pair of their signed matchday boots.”
“I know times are difficult right now, but the plan is for all donated items to go to an online auction via our website, giving fans the opportunity to own a piece of sporting memorabilia with 100 per cent of the monies raised going directly to The NHS Charities. It helps the hero’s in the NHS and brings some joy to football fans by owning such an item.
“We have also included a section of the website for retired professionals who can also help us Boot The Virus if they want to donate any signed items.”
The campaign are still excepting donations that will continue to be auctioned off; for any professional footballer, retired professional or club employee that wants to donate, they can get in touch with Boot The Virus here: