Members of the Barrow AFC board, playing squad, staff and supporters trust will come together this month in an epic charity walking challenge to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Following the news that Barrow star Lewis Hardcastle had been forced to retire from professional football at the age of 22 due to a genetic heart condition, there has been an outpouring of support from across the football family.

Teammate Brad Barry set up an early retirement fundraiser for Lewis, which raced past £10,000 in little over three days.

Hoping to raise awareness and funds for the British Heart Foundation throughout April, representatives from the club will be aiming to cover a cumulative 1,901 miles, in a nod to the year the Bluebirds were formed.

Chief executive Levi Gill said: “Some of us might regret the idea when we’re 90 miles in but it felt right for people at the club to play their part.

“We’d love to do something special, just for Lewis, when our survival is confirmed and Covid-19 restrictions ease. But for now we can raise money for a good cause while maintaining social distancing and sending a clear message that we’re with Lewis and appreciate everything that he’s done for the club.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve managed to draw together all communities within the club and we’d all be so grateful for any donations that fans felt able to give.”

Each member of the 19-strong team will walk 100 miles within April, with players and coaching staff sharing the burden and special plans to be unveiled in due course for the 1,901st and landmark mile.

All proceeds made to the Go Fund Me page will go directly to the British Heart Foundation, which is up and running now.

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