Charity walk to Sheffield Wednesday away game raises £8,000 in memory of Owls-mad Tom

The group set off from Hillsborough at midnight
The group set off from Hillsborough at midnight
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Family and friends of a football-mad Sheffield Wednesday fan who tragically died aged 13 have raised over £8,000 after doing an Owls-related charity walk for him.

About 40 people took part in a 24-mile walk from Hillsborough to Huddersfield Town's ground on Sunday in memory of Tom Bothamley, from Wickersley.

They arrived at Huddersfield's ground around nine hours later

They arrived at Huddersfield's ground around nine hours later

The group, made up of Tom's family, friends and teammates from Wickersley Youth Under-14s, set off from outside The Kop on Penistone Road at midnight - reaching Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium around nine hours later.

They attended the game, which the Owls won 1-0. The group managed to get home more easily with Powells Bus Company of Hellaby picking them up free of charge to take them home.

The effort has raised thousands for the Sudden Adult Death Syndrome UK charity.

Tom, who suffered from heart condition, died suddenly in July.

Thomas Bothamley with Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood

Thomas Bothamley with Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood

He was the third member of his family to lose his life in tragic circumstances - with his father Ryan dying before Tom was born through sudden adult death syndrome in 2002 and his brother Joshua passing away aged just 23 months on Christmas Day in 2007.

Tom's uncle Lewis Carder said: "The walk went really well to be honest. It was a bit cold but once you got walking it was fine - and a great result to make the day even better!

"We hope the money to SADS UK will provide defibrillators around our local community.

"This is so if something like what happened to Thomas happened to someone else, there is hope a life could be saved with this vital piece of equipment nearby.

"There are too many young people dying of sudden cardiac arrest and we hope we can save lives.

"There is already talk of making this an annual event each season with a different ground chosen."