Former Burnley, Preston, Blackburn and Swansea footballer Lenny Johnrose sets the IceFoot challenge to help the MND Association

Former footballer Lenny Johnrose is challenging former team-mates and the football family to put themselves through “pure hell” with him to help raise £92,000 for the MND Association.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 9:43 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 9:44 am

Preston-born Lenny was diagnosed with motor neurone disease four years ago, and now is looking for people to take part in his #IceFoot92 challenge, to highlight and help towards the MND Association’s care and research work.

He started his playing career with Blackburn Rovers and had a short spell on loan with Preston North End in 1992, making three appearances and scoring one goal.

Lenny, 51, went on to play for Hartlepool, Bury, Burnley and Swansea, playing more than 500 games.

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Lenny Johnrose pictured in 2018 at a golf day held for his charity

In a bid to raise funds and awareness for the work done by the MND Association, he is asking people to film themselves standing in a bucket of ice water for 92 seconds and to pass the challenge on to friends.

Lenny said: “As a player, I’d ice foot injuries. I’m asking people to stand in a bucket of ice water for 92 seconds – one second for each club in the league – I can promise you it’s pure hell.

“If you manage it , you get to nominate your mates so it’s a great chance to set them up!

“This is my way of doing something positive for people with MND, now and into the future.

“There is some research suggesting a link between sport and MND so football seemed like the perfect platform to not only raise funds but raise awareness of the disease.”

To take part, film yourself standing in a bucket of ice water for 92 seconds.

Donate £10 by texting MNDLEN to 70085, nominate mates to do the challenge, and share your footage with the hashtag#IceFoot92.

Meanwhile, Lenny has a charity football match lined up, with the 51-year-old appearing as a special guest, as long as he’s well and available.

Johnrose’s charity is one of four being represented on the day, and joining the Len Johnrose Trust is; The Sporting Memories Foundation, East Lancashire Hospice and St Catherine’s Hospice.

The game has had its date pushed back twice now, because of Covid-19.

The new date is Sunday, July 18th, with kick off at 2pm. at Bamber Bridge FC’s Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

The ticket prices £5.50 for general admission, £4.40 for concessions and £16.50 for a VIP (meet and greet with reserved seating) ticket.

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