By 90Min
April 03, 2018

Imagine, if you will, being a football fan who spends a good portion of time heading to a match only to be told that it's been postponed at the last minute.

That's what happened to Tranmere Rovers fans Richie Hellon who, according to the Liverpool Echo, walked for six days to watch his beloved club play Dover Athletic in the Vanarama National League only for it to be called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Hellon, 53, trudged 274 miles from Birkenhead to Dover in an effort to raise money for the Spider-Ede appeal - a fundraising page set up for four-year-old Edie Molyneux who is being treated in Mexico for a brain tumour.

Despite being left a tad disappointed upon reaching his destination as Dover informed him that the game would not be going ahead, however, Hellon admitted that the postponed encounter meant little in the grand scheme of things given the cause for which he walked.

He said: "As soon as I got to the football ground, I felt great, though, when I heard the news that the match had been called off I felt a bit down.

"It was all for Edie. It's one of the best things I've ever done. It's hard to put into words. I feel very emotional."

Hellon caught wind of Edie's plight from the child's aunt - a work colleague of Hellon's - and decided to take up the epic challenge for the little girl.

He has since raised £3,000 to help fund her medical bills across the Atlantic Ocean, and Hellon's determination and kind-heartedness hasn't gone unnoticed by Edie's parents.

Mum Ashleigh Molyneux said: “This guy deserves a round of applause and to take a bow! We’re all so proud and so thankful to you! What he’s done for us means the world and more.”

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Edie and her parents moved to Mexico to give her the best possible chance of being the brain tumour, and currently sit at around £200,000 in their attempt to raise £700,000 to fund her treatment.

You can donate to the Spider-Ede fund by visiting their Just Giving page or being texting Edie03 plus the amount you wish to contribute (up to £10) to 70070.

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