A football fan drove to all 20 Barclays Premier League grounds in just four days to raise money for three charities.
Aston Villa fan Simon Boisselle-Osborn began his adventure at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium on September 9 to help the British Heart Foundation, Epilepsy Research UK and BEN, a UK charity for those with links to the automotive industry.
Mr Boisselle-Osborn, who works for Tibbetts Group Limited, said: “I am a big football fan and wanted to do something for these charities, my friend’s little boy has epilepsy and a everyone knows the work the British Heart Foundation does, but not many people know about BEN.”
The 33-year-old of Dover Avenue, Banbury, started at 6am on September 9 and drove along the M4 to Cardiff City’s stadium before heading to Southampton, the Premier League’s six London clubs and Norwich City. After wrapping up clubs in the north, his last stop on the 1,420-mile journey was Villa Park, as he headed home.
Mr Boisselle-Osborn collected signed shirts, photographs, scarves and badges from each club to be auctioned at an event next month. The Tibbetts Group has also donated £500 towards his final amount.
He said: “Tuesday was the worst day as the weather was appalling. I was late getting to Fulham, but Chelsea put me in a hotel for free. The only stadiums I had been to before were Villa Park, Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge. Sunderland’s Stadium of Light and Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium were really impressive. It was a tough challenge and meant I was on the road for three nights.
“I was really tired but really excited to complete it.”
Mr Boisselle-Osborn has raised more than £1,000 so far. To donate visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/simonox