Brighton & Hove Albion welcomed James Whaley and the mascots of Lincoln City and Grimsby Town to the Amex Stadium on Wednesday evening to present the trio with a signed shirt to help raise funds for 11-year-old Demi Knight.
The young girl from Louth in Lincolnshire has a medulloblastoma brain tumour that has returned following chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a major brain operation 12 months after the treatment had ceased.
Whaley was joined by Albion’s official club mascot Gully on the Amex pitch earlier this week, as well as rival mascots the ‘Mighty Mariner’ and ‘Poacher’ – owing to Demi’s location between the two clubs.
The three have set themselves the challenge of visiting all 92 EFL and Premier League stadiums in as many hours, with the finish time anticipated this Friday lunchtime.
So far, the group have raised funds by taking on a host of challenges, including biking from Sincil Bank to Blundell Park, with fans from both clubs taking part in a bid to help raise funds for the vital treatment Demi has been deemed to need for the next year, raising around £25,000 in the process to date.
Brighton & Hove Albion donated a signed shirt from the club’s first season in the Premier League for the group to auction off, as the support for Demi continues to flood in.
Fans can keep up to date with the trio’s progress by following #FootballUniteForDemi and @mascots92in92 on Twitter. You can also donate to the JustGiving page by clicking here.