FORMER England international Danny Mills has received a cheque from a Harrogate junior football club – on behalf of his charity Shine.
The ex-Leeds United star and football pundit was given the generous donation by Killinghall Nomads Junior Football Club’s David Terzza, after it held a charity football tournament to raise the funds.
Mr Mills, a dedicated patron of Shine, the charity which supports more than 10,000 babies, children and adults living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, lost a baby son, Archie, to spina bifida 10 years ago.
This year he and Shine are launching the first Archie Mills Memorial Challenge, and Mr Mills is looking for people to get involved.
The event will see participants first cycling from Leeds2London and then completing the Virgin Active London Triathlon, where he wants a national team of 20 people to take part – promising fun, support and an opportunity to really make a difference to the charity’s beneficiaries.
“This is a great opportunity to fundraise for Shine, which works tirelessly to ensure all necessary support for anyone connected to spina bifida or hydrocephalus – it would be great if people could come and join me,” he said.
“There are parents who need help when they experience the trauma of discovering that their baby has spina bifida or hydrocephalus after an ultrasound scan; families that require hours of support through long periods in clinics and hospitals, those that need specific answers to tough questions and there are individuals that could not cope on a day to day level without the assistance offered by Shine.”
As well as helping individuals and families now and in the future by competing in such events, Mr Mills believes such activity can be therapeutic:
“I think that a lot of people like me who have been through tragedy and trauma want to share their experiences and they want to help other people,” he said.
“Also, with exercise and running, it gives you a fantastic time to think and reflect, its also amazing to be able to give something back.
“Triathlons, with their exciting pace and different disciplines take us through a range of transitions.
“By taking part we are not only raising important funds, we are also identifying with the challenging transitions faced by everyone in the Shine community.”
To find out more about taking part with Danny Mills in the Virgin Active London Triathlon 2012 for Shine, go to shinecharity.org.uk or contact Cerys Long on 01733 421329 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.