Essex couple win support from East Fife

Essex couple Stephen and Sarah Walker, at Bayview (Fife Photo Agency)

Essex couple Stephen and Sarah Walker, at Bayview (Fife Photo Agency)

  • Stadium tour
  • Bayview visit
  • Pennant for auction
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A couple received some typical warm-hearted black and gold hospitality from East Fife FC when they stopped in during a special charity tour.

Football fanatic Stephen Walker decided to treat wife Sarah to an early third anniversary gift with a difference – a trip around Scotland, but not on the conventional tourist trail.

I am now a football convert and ground hopper.

Sarah Walker

This fixture list included a visit to all 42 senior Scottish football grounds, in six working days, to support their local hospice.

The couple, from Braintree in Essex, dropped in last Tuesday at Bayview stadium, home of East Fife FC, where they enjoyed a pleasant visit and took away a souvenir to help raise money for The J’s Hospice in their home county.

Sarah said: “I had never been inside a football stadium before meeting Stephen, but I am now a football convert and ‘ground hopper’.

“I am delighted our anniversary trip will benefit the many young adults who are supported by The J’s Hospice.”

As well as being sponsored by family and friends, the couple aimed to have a photograph taken in each stadium and collect an item from each club, which they could auction off, with all the proceeds going to the hospice.

Sarah and Stephen were presented with an East Fife FC pennant and enjoyed a nice cup of Bayview tea, as well as being given a tour of the stadium, during their special visit to Methil.

The couple later concluded their six-day soccer stadium marathon on Sarah’s birthday, making it a double celebration. They are raising money for The J’s Hospice in Chelmsford, which has been developed by its local community to see enhanced care and support for young adults across Essex with life-limiting illnesses, such as cancer, and a range of complex neurological and metabolic conditions.

Sarah and Stephen were presented with a signed East Fife FC pennant and enjoyed a nice cup of Bayview tea, as well as being given a tour of the stadium, during their special visit to Methil. “Everybody there made us feel so welcome,” said Stephen. The couple later concluded their six-day soccer stadium marathon on Sarah’s birthday, making it a double celebration. They are raising money for The J’s Hospice in Chelmsford, which has been developed by its community to see enhanced care and support for young adults across Essex with life-limiting conditions, such as cancer, and other illnesses.