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Charity football trip gets Eurotunnel backing

A charity football challenge has received support from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle.

The cross-Channel operators have agreed to be the official travel partner for the EuroChampsChallenge, a fundraising effort currently making its way across the continent. The campaign team hope to raise £100,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation in Edinburgh and Changing Faces, a charity assisting those with physical disfigurement.

The group are attempting to visit each of the 21 clubs to have won the European Cup or Champions League and meet a player from each successful side. They are planning to cover 7,000 miles across 16 countries in just 14 days. They set off on Sunday 15 May, using Eurotunnel to travel from Folkestone to Calais the following day. The journey is set to culminate with a visit to Wembley for the 2011 Champions League final on 28 May.

The campaign has been inspired by the son of group leader Robin Blacklock. Seven-year-old Angus was born with a condition called Microtia, meaning he only has one ear. The young football fan also suffers from a number of other serious medical issues and has already endured over 15 operations, with more to come.

Mark Little, spokesman for EuroChampsChallenge, said of Eurotunnel’s involvement: “We are up against the clock with this campaign and every second counts, which is why we are so pleased that Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is providing us with the flexible and rapid gateway to Europe that we need if we are to hit our target of covering an average of 500 miles a day.”
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