Sheffield police officers aim to visit all 92 Football League grounds for charity

Three police officers will attempt to go to all 92 Football League grounds in 92 hours this summer in an effort to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Detective Inspector Jamie Henderson, Police Sergeant Scott Sarson and Police Constable James Thorpe, who have been working together since 2011, hope the project will raise enough money to hit their target of £5000.

The group will be travelling using a car donated by South Yorkshire Police Sport and Social Club, with the guys eating and sleeping in the vehicle to make sure they complete the challenge within the time limit.

For the tricky London segment of the journey, the group plan on swapping their car for bicycles in order to navigate the 65 miles around the teams in the capital, starting at Charlton Athletic’s The Valley.

Regarding the gruelling nature of the cycle leg, the threesome often holiday together and always hire bikes in order to get around.

Three years ago in the Czech Republic, they organised their own mini “Tour De Brno” after cycling around the city, with Mr Sarson winning on paper but disqualified after crossing the wrong finish line.

Mr Henderson said: “The route is planned and we’ve afforded 15 minutes at each ground. Some of the stadiums we will be visiting at 3am so we will only have time for a selfie at the ground and drive on!

“At some of the others, we are hoping to get inside and have a picture on the pitch with the playing staff. It will be nip and tuck but I’m pretty confident we will get it done in 92 hours.”

Specifically, the funds raised will go towards the redevelopment programme of the hospital’s Cancer and Leukaemia ward.

This facility treats children, from babies through to 19 year olds, in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire and even as far south as Northampton.

ninetytwoin92 members James Thorpe, Scott Sarson and Jamie Henderson
ninetytwoin92 members James Thorpe, Scott Sarson and Jamie Henderson

Children who suffer from cancer can develop post-traumatic stress disorder and the transformed ward would create private patient rooms, with en-suite facilities and space for a parent to sleep comfortably alongside them.

The new design will also allow patients to take in the views over Weston Park.

Police Sergeant Scott Sarson has a closer affinity to the charity than most.

His daughter was born with a heart defect, which required over 30 trips to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Mr Sarson said: “She had an open heart operation in Leeds as they are one of the specialist centres. But, during the times we attended the Children’s Hospital, it was outstanding.

“I think we are very lucky to have it on our doorstep.”

The team start the challenge at Oakwell, home of Barnsley FC at 8pm on Friday 12 July and hope to finish at Bramall Lane on Tuesday 16 July at 4pm.

Club loyalties are split in the group, with Mr Thorpe a Blades fan, Mr Sarson an Owl and Mr Henderson a Tottenham supporter.

On the decision to finish at Bramall Lane, Mr Thorpe said: “I don’t think Scott was too happy about that, but we are near the top so it’s got to be the finishing point. I think it’s the best choice as well!”

Boyzone, Westlife and Justin Bieber will feature heavily on the car playlist, with Mr Sarson firmly in charge of the musical output.

To follow the groups progress and donate to a great cause, visit their Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ninetytwo-in-92