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Back 'Blade' Steven on his charity walk

7 September 2015

A football supporter from the Steel City is putting his charity walk fate in the hands of fellow fans.

Steven Milne, a Sheffield Wednesday fan, from Chapeltown would obviously prefer to wear his beloved blue and white stripes, but he is open to the idea of becoming a Blade for the day if it helps raise monies for ABF The Soldiers' Charity.

The 51-year-old has set up two rival fundraising pages - a Blades one and an Owls one - and whichever page raises the most determines which shirt Steve will wear for his 100km walk.

A Joiner by trade, Steven, who was a member of the Territorial Army for more than 20 years, commented: "I will be doing this to remember the local lads who stepped up and fought for their country during World War One.

"To help me raise funds I am starting a bidding war between Wednesday and United. I will be doing the walk wearing either Wednesday shirt, or a United one.

"I will wear the shirt of the team with the most donations. You can click between the two to see which one is winning.

The Frontline Walk is a walk along 100km of the Western Front, starting at the Lochnagar Crater in northern France on October 7, and finishing four days later at the Menin Gate, in Belgium.

During the walk Steve will remember the hundreds of men, many from Sheffield, from the Sheffield Pals Battalion who died at the Battle of the Somme.

Many of the men who fought in the conflict went through their basic training at Bramall Lane.

Steven added: "I left the TA about 10 years ago and since then I've been doing a lot for charity. This is my way of giving something back and remembering those who have given their lives."

To donate and make sure Steven wears the famous red and white stripes, please text SUNI60 and your amount to 70070.

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