Charity for friends murdered in Florida raises £25k

Joe Hallett and Paul Davies
Image caption Joe Hallett and Paul Davies started the relay at the Northampton Town FC grounds

A charity set up by the friends of two murdered men has already raised £25,000 from the first part of a relay between 92 football grounds.

Always a Chance was set up in honour of James Kouzaris, 24, of Northampton and James Cooper, 25, of Warwick, who were shot dead in Florida in 2011.

Shawn Tyson was jailed for life for their murders on 29 March.

More than 300 people have taken part in the challenge to reach all football league grounds in England and Wales.

As part of the project, fundraisers are being sponsored to run, cycle, rollerblade or skateboard one leg of the 2,200 mile (3,540km) journey between the clubs.

Teams have already reached 75 grounds as part of the 12-week event, which is due to finish on 29 April.

Organisers say they are on course to reach their £40,000 target.

'Skating and rollerblading'

The funds will help young people at risk of being involved in violent crime.

The event has been organised by Joe Hallett and Paul Davies, who were friends of Mr Kouzaris and went to school with him.

Mr Davies said the charity was set up to change young people's lives.

"One of the highlights so far was running through central London to the Emirates stadium," he said.

"We had 19 people running, skating and rollerblading with us to Arsenal's home grounds and on the Monday we got to see them play Newcastle United.

"It has been a great way to get the charity known nationally and see the country," said Mr Davies.

The longest leg of the journey will be the last, travelling 117 miles (188km) from Old Trafford in Manchester to the Sixfields stadium in Northampton.

Joe Hallett said: "We are doing a cycle ride over two days for this leg.

"We will have three checkpoints over the last few miles to get everyone involved who has supported the charity over the last few months to complete the final leg together."

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