Royals hero Senior to take a hike
Published 14 Jul 2012 17:00 0 Comments
ONE of Reading's greatest ever goalscorers is backing Sue Ryder's revamped charity challenge.
Trevor Senior, who played for the Royals from 1983 to 1987 and 1988 to 1992, has teamed up with his son Christopher to support the charity's Starlight Hike, a 10K walk around Reading's Green Park on Saturday, September 29.
The 50-year-old, who scored 184 goals in 362 league and cup appearances in the club's Elm Park days, said: "I am so pleased to support Starlight Hike which I know will be great fun for everyone taking part.
"The charity hope 1,500 people will take part and this will help Sue Ryder raise funds to continue their excellent care."
Fundraising volunteer support Marion Haynes added: "We are delighted that Trevor and Christopher Senior are supporting us. Trevor is very well known by many people in the local community and Reading Football Club supporters."
Meanwhile, a host of men have signed up for the hike as it opens up to male walkers for the first time.
Sean Edgar, from Catherine Street in west Reading, plans to walk with wife Gillian. He said: "My wife volunteered me! She is quite active and will have completed the Great North Run the weekend before this, so she's got me involved this year.
"It should be really good fun and is a great chance to walk with friends while raising money for such a good cause.
The 44-year-old added: "I play golf every weekend, so I'm used to walking. I'm really looking forward to it actually. My wife wants me to take part in the Great North Run with her next year, so this is part of my training really!"
Olympic skeet shooter Rory Warlow has also shown his support to the hike. The 22-year-old, who qualified for the London Games earlier this year, has donated signed GB kit to the charity, and said: "Sue Ryder does fantastic work within the community and I really can identify with the vision and values looking at each individual's strengths, characteristics, preferences and aspirations.
"The subject of care in the community, especially palliative care, has recently been at the forefront of my mind as my grandfather, who has always supported me with my shooting as a clay target shooter himself, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
"He is desperate to see me compete in London and thanks to the fantastic work which the palliative care have given him, he has a much better chance of doing just that."
Starlight Hike entry is £18. Visit: www.starlighthike.org/SiteReading
Meanwhile, a charity auction at The Roebuck Pub in Earley organised by Sue Ryder's Shinfield Road shop raised more than £2,000 for the charity on Friday  night.
Prizes included a day's golfing, a boat trip, a pampering session at Electric Hairdressers in Reading, and a meal for two at The Roebuck.
Professional heavyweight boxer Michael Sprott auctioned off a sparring workshop and a slave auction saw people winning prizes including two hours of ironing, a hand car wash, and a home cooked meal.
Event fundraiser Emma Harpaul said: "There was such a great atmosphere at the auction, it was so lovely that so many people dug deep to support Sue Ryder.
Registration for the hike is £18. Visit www.starlighthike.org/SiteReading
This article appeared in Local Berkshire 13 Jul 12