Preston North End fans’ ‘boot the virus’ campaign backed by players across the country

Footballers from clubs throughout the country have put their foot behind a project by two Preston North End fans to raise money for NHS charities.

Friday, 1st May 2020, 12:30 pm

The ‘Boot the Virus’ campaign was launched last month by Kenny Marland and his partner Joanne Dalton.

They set about getting players to donate a pair of signed boots which could be auctioned off. Over a two-week period, 370 pairs of boots from players at 68 clubs were donated.

The Boot the Virus auction website went live on Friday, inviting bids for the football boots – starting at £10 per pair.

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Signed boots are raising cash for the NHS

In the first few hours, bids running into several thousand pounds were made.

All the North End players donated a pair of their 
boots, skipper Tom Clarke having set the ball rolling when the campaign was launched.

Kenny is a lifelong PNE fans who travels home and away to matches.

The NHS is close to his heart as he battles against cancer for a fourth time.

He recently completed chemotherapy treatment and will have surgery soon.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Kenny said: “I have a personal affinity with the NHS heroes due to my vulnerable situation.

“I am frustrated at having to stay at home when I would rather be volunteering to help the wonderful people at the NHS.

“I was pondering how I could combine my passion for football and help out, then the idea of ‘Boot the Virus’ came to me in a chat with Joanne.”

People wanting to join the auction can set up an account and bid at www.bootthevirus.com.