Community trust staff members from Rotherham United are today setting off from the New York Stadium ahead of tomorrow’s game after completing a huge 60-mile-walk in aid of former Owls and Rovers defender Tommy Spurr’s son, Rio.
The walk has been set up to raise funds for little Rio Spurr, who is just four years old. Rio is currently fighting a very rare form of kidney cancer and has sadly been battling it since April 2022.
The charity challenge will see the team set off from the New York Stadium on Thursday 6 April, walk to Bramall Lane, on to Hillsborough, Oakwell, The Eco-Power Stadium and then finally back to the Millers’ home ground ahead of tomorrow’s game against West Brom.
Since Rio was diagnosed a year ago his family, friends and the wider community have completed some amazing fundraising to support him in his battle. Fundraising activities so far have included celebrity football matches, raffle giveaways and auctions.
Every penny raised will go on to help give Rio a better chance of survival.
Please join us in welcoming the walkers onto the pitch ahead of tomorrow’s game as they finish their endeavour at the New York Stadium.
Sam Parkin, Youth and Inclusion Co-ordinator at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, has been one of the key organisers of the charity walk. He said: “We wanted to do something special to support Rio and his family, we are wanting to not just raise much-needed funds for Rio’s treatment but also raise awareness around this horrible disease.
“I met Tommy whilst I was working at Doncaster Rovers Foundation, he did so much for us and would always give up his time to help others. So it’s only right that when one of football’s own needs some support we all come together through the power of the badge to do just that”
If you would like to support ‘Walk For Rio’ then please click the link below – every penny really does count.
For any further information or to read more about Tommy and Rio, visit his Twitter page: @TommySpurr5