There is no greater sacrifice for any football fan – diehard young Sheffield Wednesday fan Jake Brady is donning the name of his club’s biggest rivals and its all in the name of charity.
The 10-year-old will wear a specially-designed shirt – half Owls-themed and half Sheffield United – for a sponsored four-mile walk between the two clubs to help children battling cancer.
It’s the first time the caring supporter has ever put on a Blades shirt, despite the fact mum Alison is a Blade.
Alison, aged 40, said: “It’s a big thing for him and this will probably be the only time Jake will wear a Blades shirt.
“While I’m a United fan, the rest of the family, including Jake’s brother Thomas and dad Phil, are Wednesday so I’m getting my own way for once.”
Football-mad Jake, a pupil at Intake Primary School, will walk the four miles between Bramall Lane in Highfield and Hillsborough, plus around both pitches, on Saturday, June 8.
He has been training for the walk during athletics at school, as well as with his team-mates at Killamarsh Dynamos football team.
Proud Alison, of Wadsworth Drive, Intake, said: “Jake has heard a lot of stories about youngsters with cancer, on Facebook and in The Star.
“He just decided he wanted to help them, because he felt so lucky.
“He’s never done anything like this before, but he got a bee in his bonnet and said he wanted to raise some money.
“At first he was going to walk around Rother Valley Country Park, but he decided that was boring so we went with the football theme.
“We are so proud of him. I think what makes him different is he decided to do it himself.”
Jake has already raised £460 for the Parents Association of Children With Tumours and Leukaemia, even knocking on neighbours’ doors to ask for donations.
Another £50 was given by Killamarsh Dynamos at a recent presentation.
He said: “I just wanted to do something that would help children with cancer.
“It is hard to put on a Sheffield United shirt
“But I’m looking forward to the walk and we have been doing athletics at school which is helping me prepare for it.”
* Visit Jake Brady Just Giving Page to sponsor Jake on his walk.