Little takes on large challenge
PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 February 2016
Ex-West Ham Ladies skipper signs up for Men United cycle
Former West Ham Ladies captain Stacey Little will swap football boots for cycle boots after signing up for Men United’s Football to Amsterdam cycling challenge.
Little will form part of the Dagenham & Redbridge squad that will tackle the 145-mile event from June 3-5 and will be joined by 500 other football mad fans, players and staff heading to the Dutch capital.
Prostate Cancer UK, the official charity partner of The Football League, has raised more than £500,000 from three previous rides from London to Amsterdam — and this year there are now not one but three Grand Departs.
For the fourth year the event will start in London, but there are also two new starting spots for 2016, with riders able to roll out from Ipswich alongside Terry Butcher or in Yorkshire, Oakwell home of Barnsley FC with former Sheffield Wednesday and England international Viv Anderson.
Little joins the Football to Amsterdam peloton for the first time at the southern leg of the charity ride starting at the Olympic Park, a place the Hammers fan will soon come to know very well.
Since pledging her allegiance to Men United and signing up for the ride Stacey has already started her fundraising and there is still time to support her at https://www.justgiving.com/Stacey-Little1/.
The money raised by all involved will go to help beat a disease that affects one in eight men in the UK and Little admitted that she did not know the shocking statistics until signing up for the cycle.
“Until signing up I really didn’t realise just how many people prostate cancer has actually affected, and some of the donations have really struck a chord,” she said.
“Someone sponsored me recently saying they’d been clear of prostate cancer for three years now.
“We’re just not aware of how common it is and I’m glad I’ve got the opportunity to do this bike ride for a purpose and good cause.”
Little hopes completing Football to Amsterdam 2016 will be a memorable achievement this summer and will be riding alongside Richard Tyne, the Daggers’ Community Trust Manager, who will be heading up the squad.
The Daggers team will be holding a variety of fundraising events to reach their individual targets of £1,000 which will go towards vital services men with prostate cancer desperately need and ground-breaking research that could lead to better tests and better treatments.
“I’ve had so much support, including from people who’ve been personally affected by the disease,” she added.
“I’ve already raised over £1,000 just within a couple of months of fundraising and that’s just from doing my usual thing on Twitter and Facebook.”
If you’re a football fan and would like to join Stacey and the 500-strong peloton on their ride to Amsterdam check out prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam for more information.