TEAMITFC grows for latest charity ride through Suffolk with former Blues in the saddle
Shaun Whiter is the latest to sign up for TEAMITFC’s cycle challenge to raise money for charity.
The former Newmarket footballer, who lost both his legs after being hit by a car in July 2016, joined Town boss Mick McCarthy as well as ex-Blues players Terry Butcher, Alan Lee, Titus Bramble and Simon Milton at the Club’s Playford Road training ground today to launch the 2017 Cycle Challenge.
Over the last three years TEAMITFC have taken on three cycling challenges which have helped raise over £250,000 for charity.
For 2017, a team of over 100 cyclists will embark on a Tour of Suffolk, travelling 150 miles over two days through the glorious countryside and will be raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, The Friends of Ipswich Town Charity and various other nominated charities.
“I would like to take on this challenge not only on a personal level but to say thank you to everything that Ipswich Town Football Club have done for me,” said Shaun, who was the Club’s Community Champion for the Norwich game.
“It has only been just over six months since my accident and I feel I have come a long way already and that is due to the support of the amazing people I have around me and the people I have met along the way.
“Ipswich Town have given me the chance to get back into a team environment and along with the other 100 riders involved in the Tour of Suffolk, we can help raise money and awareness for charity.
“Ipswich Town, along with Newmarket Town, arranged a charity football match which was a huge goal for me to work towards coming out of hospital for.
“Ipswich then invited me down to the training ground to meet all the players, Mick McCarthy and the team from the air ambulance. That was an amazing day and one I will never forget. It was also a massive honour to the Club’s Community Champion for a game.
“I would like to say thank you for everything that they have done for me and I wouldn’t be where I am without their help and support so as a way of helping the Club I’m taking part in the charity bike ride.”
Shaun is riding in support of the East Anglian Air Ambulance service who he credits with saving his life.
Other former Town players in the TEAMITFC line up include Russell Osman, Mick Stockwell, Neil Thompson and James Scowcroft as well as Academy staff members Lee O'Neill and Adem Atay.
The challenge leaves Portman Road on Sunday, May 14 at 10am and returns at 4pm on Monday, May 15. Stop off points are provided by Greene King and The East of England Co-Op to make sure all cyclists are refuelled along the way.
For more details of the event, click here