By Tim McNulty
Millwall supporters can play Where’s Wally during Sunday’s match as one fan dons the famous costume ahead of an 80-mile walk for mental health.
Fundraiser and Millwall fan Terry March will swap the blue and the white for red and white during the FA Cup clash against Hull City today (2pm) to promote a charity trek in May.
The sponsored walk, from London to Warwick, will raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society and is planned during World Mental Health Awareness week from May 13-19.
Terry will join a Charlton supporter and two Arsenal fans when they set off on the journey in four months’ time – with no money, so they will be entirely reliant on the generosity of people they meet on the way.
The campaign is called Where’s Wally Warwick Walk Without Wallets with the friends dressing as the elusive cartoon character while taking part in a number of activities and events, including ice hockey in Oxford and cricket in High Wycombe.
They will also complete tasks requested by their hosts in exchange for food and drink – while raising awareness of mental health issues across the board.
The four, who all live in Belvedere, will take only sleeping bags, backpacks and tents as they make the four to five-day journey.
Terry – who may be harder spot at The Den than in the photo, above – believes the campaign is already becoming something of a lucky charm around the Den.
He said: “Really poor season so far but as soon as we got in the Millwall programme we won three on the bounce.”
“At a later stage in the season, I will be taking a ‘stranger’ to Millwall with me. This will be someone affected by Alzheimer’s, a carer etc and at the end of it I plan to have a new friend.”
So far, Telent Technology Services Ltd – where all four work – is among the walk’s backers, who also include Millwall FC, Charlton FC, Northampton Town FC, Banbury Utd FC, Oxford City Stars Ice Hockey team and High Wycombe Cricket Club.
Alzheimer’s Society Community Fundraiser, Rebecca Greenbank said: “It’s amazing to see these rival football fans coming together for one cause. We’re really thankful that Terry and his friends have given their time to support Alzheimer’s Society.
“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Terry to help us continue our vital work so that Alzheimer’s Society can continue leading the fight against dementia. Dementia can happen to anyone and there is currently no cure, but with the right support, people can live well with dementia.”