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Thetfordian to take on Ben Nevis charity climb




The chairman and first team manager of a Thetford football club is getting ready to conquer Ben Nevis to raise money for a mental health charity.

Thetford Rovers and Bulldogs’ Ed Sheridan, 39, will be climbing the highest mountain in the British Isles for the Frank Bruno Foundation.

He said: “I always like to challenge myself once a year, last year it was a sky dive for St Nicholas Hospice Care,

“I am a little nervous about this one as it is a very hard mountain with conditions that can change hourly.”

The coach found the ‘Ben Nevisthon’ challenge online and will be doing it, on May 26, with around 36 other people.

Ed Sheridan, of Thetford Rovers and Thetford Bulldogs FC, is to climb Ben Nevis for the Frank Bruno Foundation Picture by Mecha Morton
Ed Sheridan, of Thetford Rovers and Thetford Bulldogs FC, is to climb Ben Nevis for the Frank Bruno Foundation Picture by Mecha Morton

Ed said: “I have come across friends and individuals who suffer from mental health issues, personally I haven’t, but I want to let the people I know who have issues, that by doing this, I’m here to support them.”

The climb and descent of the Scottish mountain will take the team around eight hours all together and Ed feels it will take quite a lot of his own mental strength to achieve this, a week before he turns 40.

Back problems had slowed Ed’s training for the event but now feeling better he said as it gets closer, the support he is getting is pushing him harder to succeed.

He said: “Both the Bulldogs and Rovers have been sponsoring me and encouraging me about doing the climb. Mmy family think I’m crazy and are worried to be honest, but I promised them I will take care.

“I know this isn’t going to be easy but if I can push myself to achieve it then it shows others that you can achieve things, too.”

Ed also hosted a charity football match on April 13, at the football ground, on the Euston Estate, in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

The event had around 30 players and raised around £900. Ed has another match for the charity at the ground on May 11 which will be Thetford Bulldogs FC coaches against a team of player’s parents.

Ed said: “I have always been willing to support others and spread a good vibe. I don’t do these sort of things for self gratification, I do them so I can make a difference, however small.”

To donate Ed on his climb, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bigbennevis-edsheridan



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