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Bourne Town FC reserve team boss Steve Bills is fundraising for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough

Fundraising football boss Steve Bills is continuing his charity challenge after completing his initial milestone.

Steve - who is manager of Bourne Town Reserves and the club's Under 18s side - had first set out to walk 1,000 miles in 100 consecutive days.

He successful completed that mission this month but, instead of stopping, he carried on with his challenge, clocking up the miles in and around Bourne.

Steve Bills (46683017)
Steve Bills (46683017)

Steve has now gone past the 1,259 mile mark and has so far raised £3,145 for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough.

He was inspired to take on the charity challenge to remember his friend Paula Turner who who was on the committee with Steve at Bourne Town Juniors as club secretary before losing her brave battle with cancer in December 2020.

Come rain or shine, Steve has been lacing up his trainers and now plans to continue doing his challenge for as long as he can 'while his body allows', taking it one day at a time.

He said: "Paula touched the hearts of many with her positive, friendly and selfless attitude to life.

"Over the last couple of years, her brave and courageous battle against cancer was an inspiration to us all.

"I knew Paula as part of a very close junior football family, as a parent of a player, a main committee colleague and a very dear friend.

"The main purpose of my fundraiser is for Paula's memory to go on and to raise a few pounds for a very worthy cause.

"I hope the funds raised will help to continue the fantastic support provided by the hospice, especially in these uncertain times.

"I would like to thank my friends and family who have been very supportive with their kind words of encouragement and generosity towards Sue Ryder.

"I hope my support will encourage other people to fundraise and take on a challenge. There are plenty of ideas and tips on the Sue Ryder website – or you can speak to the hospice’s fundraising team about how you can get involved.”

Helen Kingston, community fundraising officer at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, said: "A huge thank you to Steve, his and Paula's family and friends, and everyone from Bourne Town Football Club for their unwavering support of our hospice in Paula's memory.

"We are blown away by Steve's epic efforts – not only has he smashed his 1,000 miles in 100 days target, but he has found enough strength to continue on with his challenge for as long as he can.

"The funds he has raised will help us to continue offering our compassionate palliative care and bereavement support and being there when it matters for other local families."

Anyone wishing to support Steve through a donation can visit his JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paula-turner69

Bourne Town Reserves moved top of their section in the Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Cup after a 5-1 home win over Lutterworth Athletic's second string on Wednesday night.

The Wakes have collected seven points from their three group games after a 3-2 away win at ON Chenecks last midweek. They host Bugbrooke St Michael Reserves this weekend.

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