Over the past nine months Martin Hibbert of Sutton-in-Ashfield, a lifelong Forest fan has been cycling to every Nottingham Forest away league game, totaling over 2249 miles to date to raise money for two charities close to his heart, Macmillan Nurses and Maggies.
Martin started with an ambition to raise £2,000, a thousand pounds for each charity. By Christmas he had more than doubled that and now has a new ambition to raise at least £10,000 to be shared between the two organisations.
Martin began his journey because he saw first-hand the phenomenal care provided to patients and their families by these two amazing charities. Martin’s father died of cancer when he was a child and his mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017.
Sadly, Martin’s mum, also a lifelong Forest fan lost her battle earlier this year, and the strength to continue to raise much-needed funds for these two treasured organisations has helped Martin keep pedaling through the snow and ice and across the miles.
Nottingham Forest Community Trust and Nottingham Forest Football Club are supporting Martin with his efforts, donating a signed shirt to raise extra funds and would urge anyone else to show help in any way they can. Martin has documented his journey with pictures and live video blogs through his Facebook Page Facebook.com/NFFCFan would welcome any donations from fans as he draws towards the end of his journey. Fans can either text NFFC65 and the amount to 77070 or visit Martin’s Facebook page for more information. Martin has also left donation tins in many of the local pubs around the county; so if you see one, please give generously.
Over the 2017/18 season Martin has appeared on radio shows around the Country as news of his endeavor has spread to home and away fans, and he has also been a regular on Radio Nottingham and Matchtalk as well as on NottsTV and Matchday with Max. If you see Martin as he cycles the final two trips to Cardiff City and Bolton Wanders, please give him a wave, snap a pic, tag it with #NFFCFan and remember to give generously.
For further information please contact Martin Hibbert on 07801 98245 or Anna Scothern on 07905 570097 or firstname.lastname@example.org