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Supporters go the extra mile 

 Published on: 21st January 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Kings Langley Football Club not only succeeded in a 4-3 victory against Harrow Borough FC on Saturday, December 29, but 13 devoted Kings Langley supporters walked 15 miles to their opponents ground for Sands charity. 

After an early morning breakfast at the football club, the 13 walkers made their way to the Harrow Borough ground, enduring a 15-mile trek before reaching their destination within plenty of time for the 3pm kick off. The charity walk raised over £3,000. 

Sands UK are a charity which supports anyone affected by the death of baby and work hard to improve the care bereaved parents receive, as well as promoting research to help reduce the loss of babies’ lives.  

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society, is an organisation that is close to the club’s heart. 

The club captain, Gary Connolly and his partner Laura were expecting a baby in 2018 but unfortunately, after 39, weeks a heartbeat could not be detected and the family sadly lost their baby, who they named Harper. 

After the tragic loss, Gary and his family wholeheartedly threw themselves into supporting the Sands charity. 

The close bond between the players, committee and fans has shown to be more than evident as everybody at the club has joined together to not only plan but support events such as this walk for such a worthy charitable cause. 

Director of fundraising and communications, Daniel Brett-Schneider, said: “A big thank you to Jeremy Wilkins and all the supporters of Kings Langley FC who walked 15 miles for Sands, one mile for every baby who is stillborn or dies shortly after birth each day. 

“Every penny they have raised will help Sands’ vision of a world where fewer babies die and anyone affected by baby loss gets the best bereavement care and support for as long as they need it, in Hertfordshire and across the UK.”

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