The Iron's encounter against Hull City saw a bucket collection to raise funds for local charity Lindsey Lodge Hospice.The campaign was headed by Ryan Oates, who is raising money ahead of their cycling challenge "The Road to Wembley" in memory of his dad and former Iron coach Mick Oates who lost his battle with cancer in 2015.
Amazing £445 raised today for @LindseyLodge - Thankyou @SUFCOfficial officials and supporters for your generosity 👏🏻— Ryan Oates (@RyanJOates) July 23, 2016
Ryan, who is a teacher at The St Lawrence Academy on Doncaster Road, said: "We are cycling almost 200 miles from Scunthorpe to Wembley Stadium in memory of my amazing Dad, Mick Oates. We are doing this to raise funds for the Lindsey Lodge Hospice that would not be able to operate were it not for the generous fundraising and donations from the local community. They are a warm and welcoming haven aiming to make the most out of those last moments for patients and their families. They need to raise over £1.6 million a year to meet the running costs needed to offer such special support to those affected by terminal illnesses.
"In his early years, My Dad was a young footballing professional with Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United that went on to be a well-respected and talented local non-league football player for many years. In his later years he was an inspirational coach to so many young footballers through his work at both Scunthorpe United and Doncaster Rovers Centre of Excellence systems, as well the Football in the Community programme with Scunthorpe United too. The reason for us cycling to Wembley is because 20 years ago, back in 1996, he was a part of the Brigg Town FC management team that guided the club to FA Vase success with a 3-0 win over Clitheroe FC at Wembley stadium.
"We cycle from Brumby Hall on Friday 29th July at 8.00am. We travel through Scunthorpe, Lincoln and Newark before our arrival 85 miles later in Peterborough. After an overnight stay, we will depart again early in the morning for the 100 miles journey to arrive at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 30th July in the afternoon. None of us have really had much cycling experience before this, so we are really looking forward to the physical, mental and emotional challenge.
"Any donations and support in this ‘Road to Wembley’ charity cycle ride are greatly appreciated by all of us that are involved. We really hope we can help to make a difference and help contribute as much as possible to the fantastic work of staff and provision at the Lindsey Lodge Hospice.
"Our just giving page can be viewed via the following link: www.justgiving.co.uk/theroadtowembley.
"You can also follow our progress via our twitter pages @ryanjoates and @appfrodfc."
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