A small army of York City fans will cycle from York to Northampton next month prior to The Minstermen’s league match at Sixfields to raise further funds for The British Heart Foundation.

In January 2014, City secured a crucial league victory over The Cobblers at Sixfields but that match is remembered for an incident which was witnessed by both sets of supporters when setting off on their journeys home.

Northampton Town fan David Henderson had attended the match with family but suffered a heart attack following the match and sadly died. York City supporter Ian Jones attended the match that day and decided that himself and 11 other City supporters would cycle from Bootham Crescent to Sixfields to raise funds for The British Heart Foundation in Mr Henderson’s memory prior to the fixture last season.

The group did the footballing community proud after raising over £7,000 for the charity and after the success of last year’s event the group will again cycle the marathon journey again this season for the fixture on Saturday 6 February.

Jones and his fellow cyclists will leave Bootham Crescent on Thursday 4 February with the aim to arrive at Sixfields before kick off on Saturday 6 February. The group are aiming to smash last year’s fundraising total and would ideally like to raise over £10,000 for The British Heart Foundation this year.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the group for their superb effort can donate online at justgiving.com/ridetonorthampton2.

The British Heart Foundation is a charity set up to tackle cardiovascular disease with the vision to live in a world in which people do not die prematurely or suffer from cardiovascular disease.

There are currently 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease in the UK. For help, information and support please visit the charity’s website at www.bhf.org.uk.

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I am Dan Pentland and I am a York City season ticket holder and volunteer for men's health charity Prostate Cancer UK. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dpentlandawaydayspcuk/

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