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Brendon Batson: We can all be proud of the Foundation

26 February 2015

Club legend discusses day one of the Tri Albion Challenge

AFTER various trials and tribulations we have finally arrived in Swindon.

The 60-mile ride was never going to be easy but the weather we experienced throughout the day certainly didn’t help.

The almost-constant driving rain resulted in roads that were extremely difficult to negotiate - but the spirit and determination of my fellow riders never dwindled as we peddled our way towards The Hawthorns. 

Before we left St. Mary’s we watched a video on Josh Slaney - one of The Albion Foundation’s Power Chair Footballers (view the video below). 

Josh suffers from Cerebral Palsy and his story is truly inspiring. His positive outlook on life will help me through what I’m sure is set to be another testing couple of days.

It was a timely reminder of why we are riding and it reinforced my view that The Albion Foundation is a charity everyone connected with West Bromwich Albion should be immensely proud of.

I am fortunate enough to be able-bodied with my sight in good condition for a 62-year-old!

However, some of the cyclists riding with me are not and their will to overcome this challenge is awe-inspiring. 

There are three blind or partially-sighted cyclists, in addition to Paul Hunt, who is riding a hand bike. I really cannot begin to imagine how difficult that is. 

Tomorrow we travel to Evesham from Swindon which is another 50-mile ride.

We’ll be arriving at The Hawthorns on what will be Foundation Day - Saturday’s game against Southampton.

You’ll see plenty of reminders of how to donate to the charity over the coming days but that’s not going to stop me asking you to do so now.

We’re not asking for a lot of money, we’d just like as many people as possible to donate what they can afford.

Please text ‘TRIA15 £3’ to 70070 to make a £3 donation. Simply change that amount to a higher or lower figure as you see fit.

Alternatively, you can make a donation via JustGiving here

That’s all for now, I’ll catch up with you all again tomorrow. 

Thank you for your support.


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