Big cycle challenge from Colchester United to Leyton Orient planned to boost Alfie’s fund

Tommy Leggett gets an emotional greeting from travelling Colchester United supporters after finishin

Tommy Leggett gets an emotional greeting from travelling Colchester United supporters after finishing his charity run between the Weston Homes Community Stadium and the Cambridge ground, in aid of his son Alfie, last month. Picture: PAGEPIX

A group of Colchester United supporters are joining forces to further boost U’s fan Tommy Leggett’s fund for his young son Alfie, who suffers from Norrie disease.

Colchester United fans applaud the fund-raising exploits of Tommy Leggett, after his 46-mile run fro

Colchester United fans applaud the fund-raising exploits of Tommy Leggett, after his 46-mile run from Colchester to Cambridge. Picture: PAGEPIX

Seven have so far been confirmed to take part in a cycle ride, between Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium and Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road, to coincide with the U’s last away game of the season in East London on Saturday, April 29.

Chief organiser Staurt Chittock will be participating along with Paul Wilkins, Ashley Herbert, Richard Hartwell, Toby Fox Hammond, Andrew Broome and Sam Wolton, with Amber Fox also hoping to join them.

The group are scheduled to leave the Weston Homes Community Stadium just before 7am, to arrive at Leyton Orient at around 1pm on match-day.

Tommy Leggett will be in the support vehicle, aided by Ian Craig.


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Leggett himself has already completed three challenges over the last couple of years, in his effort to raise £20,000 to help his son receive treatment and also build him a sensory room with specially designed toys.

The illness has left Alfie, aged two, suffering blindness and combating other issues.

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Leggett started by running the marathon distance (26.2 miles) around the U’s stadium on the afternoon of the Blackpool match on the opening day of last season, on August 8, 2015.

Last year, he ran from Colchester United to Southend United’s Roots Hall, a distance of 41 miles before the big League One Essex derby, while last month (March 4) he ran 46 miles between the U’s home and Cambridge United’s Abbey Stadium before the League Two fixture, leaving at 3am to arrive just over an hour before the 3pm kick-off.

The 34-year-old, from Eight Ash Green, took several days to recover from that last challenge.

To find out more about Alfie’s condition, and the treatment, as well as to make a donation, visit the website www.gofundme.com/alfiesvision

Meanwhile, the U’s are in League Two action at home to fourth-placed Stevenage this Saturday, hoping to extend a terrific home record that has seen them win nine of their last 11 home fixtures.

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