A supporter of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough has raised over £3,500 for the charity by stepping out as Peterborough United’s official team mascot.
Ian Gow, aged 54, joined the team and thousands of football fans for their match against Lincoln City earlier this month.
Before the game Ian was a little apprehensive. He said: “I am going to be a mascot for Peterborough United at the age of 54; this is usually something done by children! I know this is going to be very embarrassing for me, but it is 100 per cent worth it.”
“Sue Ryder has helped friends of mine and every one of them could not say enough good things. Sue Ryder does amazing work.”
Ian raised a total of £3,575 for the hospice. After the experience he shared: “Leading up to the day I was very nervous and thought, “what have I let myself in for?” When the day arrived I felt like every mascot, I was excited. Walking to the ground I had people coming up to me and congratulating me on what I was doing.”
“We arrived at the ground and were made very welcome. We had a very enjoyable meal before I left to fulfil my mascot duties. On my way I met player Ivan Toney and we discussed how we were going to act out the ‘trip’ that would guarantee an extra £70 sponsorship. Simon who looks after the mascots was brilliant with myself and Grace, 8, the other mascot.”
“Walking out with the team was an amazing experience and when we reached the touchline Ivan Toney ‘tripped’ me. I then lined up with the team and joined them with the handshakes with the Lincoln players. For a few minutes I felt a bit like a Peterborough United player.”
“To sum up the day, what started out as a bit of fun ended up with me fulfilling a lifetime dream and raising £3,500 for an amazing charity.”
This is the second time Ian has supported the hospice; two years ago he took part in the Great Eastern Run.
“I hope my support will be able to pay for something that will benefit the families the hospice cares for,” he added. “Thank you to everyone who sponsored me.”
For more information visit Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice