Albion's mascots will raise money for AITC.
Brighton & Hove Albion mascots Gully and Sally are taking part in the BM10K to raise funds for Albion in the Community (AITC).
The pair patrol the touchline during Albion home games encouraging supporters to get behind the team and they are hoping fans will return the favour by cheering them on during the 10k race, which takes place on Sunday 17th April.
They have also set up an online fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/gullyandsally and will be collecting donations in person outside the American Express Community Stadium before some of Albion’s forthcoming matches.
This isn't the pair's first running challenge. Just last year, Sally was crowned champion at Brighton Racecourse’s annual mascot race and both Sally and Gully took part in AITC’s Seagulls Santa Dash round the stadium in the run-up to Christmas.
It is, however, the first time the duo have raised funds for AITC. As a regular at AITC events, Gully has seen the charity’s work first-hand and wanted to do something to help raise funds for its award-winning work.
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In the last 12 months, AITC has engaged with more than 36,000 people across Sussex and was named Best Community Scheme outside the Premier League at the prestigious Football Business Awards.
The charity is now the largest provider of disability sporting opportunities in the area; works with more than 100 local schools and runs a wide range of health projects.
AITC regularly recruits Seagulls fans to run for the charity but this will be the first time actual seagulls have joined the team.
Speaking after a recent training session, Gully said, "Albion in the Community does a lot of excellent work with people all over Sussex and Sally and I really wanted to do something to help.
"The distance of 10km is a long way for a seagull to fly, let alone run – and might leave us both in a bit of a flap – but it will be worth it to raise money for such a brilliant charity.
“So come on Albion fans, help AITC continue its amazing work.”