Tribute walk for the Hillsborough victims

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A GROUP of fundraisers are planning on walking a 96 mile route between Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium and Liverpool’s ground to raise cash for the families who lost loved ones at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

They will set off from Hillsborough on December 14, with the route split into 16 stages.

The walk will take the fundraisers past stadiums in Huddersfield, Oldham, Manchester City, Bury, Bolton, Wigan and Everton.

A total of 96 roses will be laid at the memorial at Anfield by the walkers when they arrive on December 15.

The walk is aimed at raising money for the Hillsborough Family Support Group and Hillsborough Justice Campaign, with a £10,000 target set.

Co-organiser Cherie Brewster said: “Everyone is so moved by the dignity that the families of the victims have displayed for 23 years, we wanted to take on a challenge which would honour the 96 and would pay tribute to the long, arduous struggle of their families and friends for truth and justice.”

One of those taking part is Mike Wilson, who survived the crush on the terraces when Liverpool played Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final.

Guest appearances will be made along the route with former Liverpool player Neil Mellor, who also played at Sheffield Wednesday, volunteering to show his support.

An independent panel which looked at all the Hillsborough files held by organisations for the last 23 years revealed a police cover- up in which fans were falsely blamed.

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