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Older People's project goes the extra mile

Older People’s project goes the extra mile

Date published: 05 April 2012

Press release

Older People’s project goes the extra mile

Participants from the Extra Time programme have taken part in a series of special Sport Relief 2012 fundraising events up and down the country.

Here’s a round up of what the clubs got up to:

Charlton – Participants walked round The Valley, home of the Addicks, before breaking into song and dance (see video below). Paddy Powell, CAFC groundsman and former Addicks player, attended the event and kicked off the mile walk round.

Over 20 members from the Extra Time project took part in the walk, which was the equivalent of just over four laps around the football pitch

Jean Wilkins, one of the Extra Time members, said: “It was a great experience to complete the mile doing laps around The Valley pitch and hopefully we have raised a good amount of funds for a good cause.”

Bristol Rovers – The group were joined by a 1,000 schoolchildren to complete their mile around the Memorial Stadium

Notts County – Manager Ian Richardson ran the mile with some of the Extra Time participants.

Nottingham Forest – 18 members from the project took up the mile challenge at the City Ground.

Ron Lambert, 72, who completed the mile said: “I had a fantastic time doing something different and doing the Sport Relief mile around the Nottingham Forest pitch was a dream come time.”

Queens Park Rangers – 23 members from the clubs project took up the challenge at a local sports centre, with another 10 cheering them on.

Doreen Hyde, aged 66, said: “The walk has been very beneficial for the group and I’m glad everyone got to complete it at their own pace.  It’s good to know we are supporting good causes both in the UK and abroad. 

“Through the Extra Time club we have really benefited from Sport Relief and Football Foundation funding and it’s a brilliant idea to be able to help less fortunate people.” 

Morecambe – The group took part in their own Sport Relief Mile instead of their regular session at the Globe Arena.

The mile walk took place down Morecambe Promenade from Happy Mount Park and all participants donated £6 to sport relief raising £90 in the process.

Rotherham - Participants completed their own Sport Relief mile around Thrybergh Country Park.

Northampton Town – The group completed a Sport Relief Mile at the Sixfields Stadium. Participants walked, jogged or ran the four laps to successfully complete the mile. The amount raised for Sport Relief was almost £200, which was a great effect by everyone who took part.

In total Sport Relief anticipated that more than one million people completed the Sport Relief Mile this year, making it one of the biggest ever UK mass participation events.

Femina Makkar, Extra Time Programme Manager, said: “Extra Time has transformed the quality of life for older people all over the country, providing important opportunities to stay fit and healthy which would otherwise not exist. I congratulate everybody from Extra Time who is taking part in the mile.”

Kevin Cahill, Chief Executive of Sport Relief, said: “For a number of years Comic Relief has awarded grants that help older people across the UK get access to the support they need. Extra Time is providing a valuable service for a great number of older people across England and Wales, improving their health and fitness as well as strengthening social and community links.”


“I had a fantastic time doing something different and doing the Sport Relief mile around the Nottingham Forest pitch was a dream come time.”

Ron Lambert, aged 72

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