STALYBRIDGE Celtic players are clocking up the miles in memory of supporter Andy Cowley who died last month.
They have signed up to take part in a 19-mile challenge – run, walk or bike that distance – to raise money for the Tameside based Anthony Seddon Fund.
The significance of 19 is that is that it was the number of lives lost to suicide in the borough in 2019.
The fundraising challenge was set up by fan Shaun Bishop who had been a friend of Andy for 25 years.
And once the players heard what he was doing, they signed up with the event snowballing.
“I set an initial target to raise £150 and then it quickly became £500 which was smashed. The total now is £1,400 which is amazing,” said Shaun.
“I wanted to do something in Andy’s memory and this shows how much people liked him and how well thought of her was.”
Andy, 44, who worked as a taxi driver, was raised in Stalybridge but lived latterly in Ashton.
He travelled home and away to Celtic games, many a trip were in his minibus.
And there was a final visit to Bower Fold for Andy who was known as ‘Cowboy’.
His funeral took place at Stalybridge Congregational Church on Monday, November 23 after which the cortege visited Bower Fold en route to Dukinfield Cemetery where he was buried.
Andy’s wife Claire described the fundraising for the Anthony Seddon Fund as “amazing”.
Claire is also keen to raise funds for Barty’s Community Foodbank in Stalybridge as Andy helped Steven Barton with his work.
She is also appreciative of the messages of support.
“The love and support everyone has given me and our family is truly overwhelming,” she said.
“Everyone knows how much Andy loved Stalybridge Celtic. Once a Celt, always a Celt.
“The support they’ve shown me personally and shown in honour of Andy is something I will never forget. They’re not just a team or a club, they’re a family who look after their own.”
- Donations to the Anthony Seddon Fund in memory of Andy can be made at www.justgiving.com/team/scfc
- And money for the foodbank can be sent to Steven Barton at PayPal email@example.com
- Alternatively, there are donation links to both causes on Claire’s Facebook page.