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Market Deeping Peterborough United fan to walk 40 miles from Wembley Stadium to Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Chelsea, Fulham and Brentford

A football fan will walk non-stop for 40 miles and visit six stadiums to raise money for a mental health charity.

Steve Webb from Market Deeping has been racking up the miles as he prepares for a long trek across London to raise money for the suicide prevention charity Baton of Hope.

The 54-year-old said: “Six-thousand people take their own lives each year.

Steve Webb will be walking 40 miles for Baton of Hope
Steve Webb will be walking 40 miles for Baton of Hope

“We shouldn’t just accept that it is part of society and move on.”

Steve will start his walk, which he hopes will take less than 20 hours, at Wembley Stadium and visit the homes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Chelsea, Fulham, Brentford and before heading back under the famous arches.

A number of football teams and former players are supporting the Peterborough United fan’s fundraising, as well as his friends and colleagues, some who will join him on the day.

Previously Steve’s walking habits only stretched to taking his labradoodle Pablo for a stroll.

But in the run up to his challenge on April 22, he has been preparing with plenty of long walks.

“I wanted to do something a bit different,” he said.

Steve was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 20 years ago and now takes daily medications to control his moods.

“I can be spontaneous or it can go the other way into an absolute deep depression where I’m not even able to get out of bed,” said Steve, who works for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Corby.

“I’m very lucky that I am able to function with medication so I want to do something while I am able to - some people can’t.”

He is no stranger to fundraising and two years ago raised more than £4,000 for Bipolar UK by getting selfies and autographs from celebrities including Tyson Fury, Margot Robbie, Daniel Radcliffe and Amanda Holden.

“For this fundraising challenge I had set a minimum of £1,500 and I’ve already raised £1,650.

“It would be nice to raise as much as I did before.”

To donate, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/steves-stroll-to-stop-suicide.

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