A GROUP of Bulldogs supporters will celebrate the 120th annicversary of Batley RLFC winning the first Challenge Cup as they head to Wembley for Saturday’s final between Hull FC and Wigan Warriors.
Batley defeated St Helens 10-3 in the first Challenge Cup final at Headingley and to celebrate the anniversary, five Bulldogs fans are walking 200 miles from the home of Leeds Rhinos to the national stadium, raising money for the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and breast cancer charities.
Bulldogs chairman Kevin Nicholas and daughter Alexandra Nicholas, along with Imogen Kyle, Steve Wright and Mark Wells, set off from Headingley Stadium last Thursday.
They broke off after Fridays stage to return to Batley for last weekend’s Pink Weekend breast cancer charity fundraiser but resumed the walk on Monday.
The group have continued their walk to the capital throughout this week and it culminates at tomorrow night’s London Skolars game.
A further 120 Bulldogs fans will then descend on London on Saturday when they will take part in a sponsored 10K walk from the Skolars ground to Wembley to raise further funds.
The group will all walk to Wembley in pink T-shirts and are asking other supporters attending Saturday’s final to throw donations to their buckets.
Chairman Mr Nicholas said: “We thought that this was an appropriate year to celebrate the Challenge Cup and as Batley were involved in the first occasion at Headingley, this is an appropriate way to raise money for charity.
“The Rugby League Benevolent Fund, through Steven Ball do tremendous work, only recently helping two bereaved families whose sons tragically died in the rugby league environment.
“We must also not forget the players who have suffered tragic injuries and continue to need the help of the Rugby League Family. In addition, breast cancer is a life-threatening illness which has come to affect many families as we all know ladies suffering from breast cancer and we need to help find a cure and improve treatment generally.
“These two worthwhile causes are dear to our hearts and that of the Rugby League community.”
Supporters not heading to Wembley can donate by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/headingley-wembley-rfl-pink-walk. Alternatively, fans can donate via text. To donate £10 text WEMB97£10 to 70070 or to donate £5 text WEMB97£5 to 70070.