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Maidenhead United players call on community to get involved in Magpies 150 Challenge

Maidenhead United’s players and coaches have taken to social media to encourage people of all ages in the community to take on a ‘Magpies 150 Challenge’ for charity.

Last week the club launched its Magpies 150 Challenge with the hope of raising £150,000 for 15 charities based in Maidenhead and Windsor and is calling on people to ‘become community superheroes’.

Each of the 15 charities selected by the club has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. They have either been forced to close down during this period or have experienced an overwhelming increase in demand for their services, a demand they’ve been unable to keep up with.

Without additional support it is feared many of the charities will struggle to survive or maintain their current levels of operation. Charities and organisations chosen for the challenge include People to Places, Windsor Foodshare and the Link Foundation.

Former player and Magpies in the Community coach, Mark Nisbet, kicked off the video which has been posted on the club’s social media platforms. Others to take part included Rene Steer, James Comley, Ryan Upward, Ryan Peters and Danny Whitehall, while CEO Jon Adams also called on people to get involved. The short video urges people to use their community spirit to take on a challenge or donate to the cause.

The club wants to see people get creative and take on a challenge related to 1.5, 15, or 150, and then set up a fundraising page by clicking on the Justgiving or Virgin Money Giving links on its challenge website https://www.magpies150challenge.co.uk/

The challenge is just a few days old but already there are several pledges. Helen and Harvey the dog have said they’ll walk 150 streets, Reece and Fred are to take on a 150 penalties challenge, while Megan will bake 15 cookies. CEO Jon Adams is set to walk 150 miles over the course of a week. The Magpies will do its best to support everyone who takes on a challenge through its social media platforms.

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