Danny prepares to take on his AFC Wimbledon hero for Sport Relief (From Richmond and Twickenham Times)
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Danny prepares to take on his AFC Wimbledon hero for Sport Relief
AFC Wimbledon supporter Danny Wiggins will be taking on his hero Haydon the Womble in a challenge with a difference at half-time during Saturday's home match against Cheltenham Town.
Danny, who attends High Path Community Resource Centre, which provides day care for people with learning disabilities, is aiming to raise funds for Sports Relief by racing against AFC Wimbledon’s much-loved mascot.
The pair will race from opposing goalmouths and whoever is first to kick the ball from the centre spot will be declared the winner.
Danny will be racing from the EcoHouse End and Haydon will start from in front of the Nogshim Stand.
However, due to Haydon’s regular participation in mascot races, it was felt that an extra few obstacles were required to even the challenge up.
As Haydon finds it impossible to walk past rubbish without picking it up, a few strategic items of litter will be placed out of his way so that he is tempted to pick them up.
Danny, who will turn 40 in October, is a big AFC Wimbledon fan and he’s been getting in training for Saturday.
His father Tony said: “Danny is very excited about racing against his friend Haydon the Womble in front of a big Wimbledon crowd on Saturday.”
AFC Wimbledon community volunteer Clive Yelf said: “Danny is not only a Wimbledon supporter, but he’s a huge fan of Haydon.
"If Danny is not too star-struck then it should be a good contest!
"Though Danny was a member of the Big Blast Band that memorably performed their songs at the Burton match two years ago, this kind of event offers a great opportunity to focus on the achievements of an individual.
"Danny will be helping others through Sports Relief and this is a great way of highlighting this.”
AFC Wimbledon and High Path Community Resource Centre in South Wimbledon, has teamed up to run similar events in previous years.
Marie Miller memorably completed a lap of the pitch with Dons goalkeeper Seb Brown and last year Warren Palmer took part in a penalty run-up challenge with Pim Balkestein.
If you are considering sponsoring a Sport Aid event this year, consider sponsoring Danny by visiting his special donations page.
Go to http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/dannywiggins to make a donation to Danny.
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