Tuesday 27th March 2012
Landlord Tim Spencer, who will attempt to visit all 92 Football League clubs in 92 hours, has met up with goalkeeping legend Peter Shilton.
Tim met the former England international ahead of his £25,000 fundraising challenge for Kidney Research UK.
The avid football fan and lifelong AFC Bournemouth supporter, who was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2008, was given the opportunity to meet Shilton at Southmead Hospital. Bristol. Shot-stopper Shilton wished him luck ahead of his challenge.
Tim, who runs The Skippers Inn in Sherborne, in Dorset, said: "Peter's a legend in the eyes of any England football fan, so to have him shake my hand and wish me luck is something that I'll never forget."
Tim hopes to undergo a kidney transplant this year. Despite being unwell, he is determined to help others affected by kidney disease with his football challenge.
He said: "I don't know exactly when I'll be going under the knife but, before I do, I want to raise some money for Kidney Research UK and help bring attention to the wonderful work they do."
Tim's journey will start at Plymouth Argyle on April 18. Then, Tim and four friends will take it in turns to drive around the clock, covering 2,200 miles before finishing at AFC Bournemouth's Dean Court on April 21.
Amy Pearcey, Kidney Research UK's fundraising manager for the South West, Said: "We're extremely grateful to Tim for all his hard work. The lengths to which he is going to raise money for the charity are incredible; especially when you consider that he's one of 7,000 people in the UK currently in need of a kidney transplant."
To support Tim, visit http://www.justgiving.com/doingthe92in92.