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Belgian Spireites

7 May 2013

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The Belgian Spireites are reflecting on a memorable trip to the Proact for the last game of the season after returning to their homes near Brussels.

The group of football fans, who became friends at university, decided to adopt Chesterfield as their favourite club and began to make regular visits to support the team - particularly games in the south of England.
They decided to do something different for the Exeter match - cycle from Brussels to Chesterfield to raise money for Ashgate Hospice.
The fundraising target of £1,866 was very ambitious, but that figure was reached during their overnight ferry journey to Hull and currently the total stands at £2,156 - with more promised.
The journey was not without mishap but despite injuries, route issues and punctures they arrived several hours behind schedule to be greeted at the Proact by manager Paul Cook.
One of the Belgian Spireites, Sylvain Lecomte, explained: "We all had a fantastic adventure. We are so thrilled that we met our fundraising target and we couldn't believe it that Paul Cook waited for us to arrive at 8pm - it made the whole event seem more special. 

"Our reception at the match was incredible and we felt so proud to be there on such an important day (Jack Lester's last game) and we will all treasure our memories."
Joanne Edwards, head of fundraising at Ashgate Hospice, added: "We were all amazed at what these guys have done for the hospice.

"To go to all that effort for a charity in another country and raise so much is just amazing. It's just another example of the sort of lengths that people go to, to help their hospice."
The Justgiving site remains open for anyone who would like to add to the already impressive total:

Thanks to Howard Borrell for his work liaising with the Belgian Spireites. 

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