Father's football fundraising drive

A man plans to drive 7,000 miles around Europe and visit every football club which has won the continent's biggest competition in order to raise money for charity.

Robin Blacklock aims to stop off at all of the 21 football clubs which have won the European Cup or Champions League within a space of 14 days.

His inspiration is his son Angus, seven, who has had microtia since birth. The rare condition has left the brave youngster with one ear.

HIs father hopes to raise as much as £100,000 for charity through the epic journey.

Mr Blacklock, who lives in Edinburgh, said: "In Angus's seven years he's had to undergo in excess of 15 operations yet he has continued to face every challenge with incredible courage and resilience; it's his bravery which inspired me to do something unique.

"Over the years, we've received so much support from Changing Faces and the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, so the EuroChampsChallenge is a way for my family and me to express our gratitude.

"I wanted to come up with a fundraising event which had never been attempted before and which had a football theme, and I think I've managed to achieve that."

Mr Blacklock will start in Scotland, before heading to England and then Holland.

"It's a daunting task but we've come a long way already, managing to land 19 of the 21 clubs," he added.

The 35-year-old, who is part of a team of seven, said his aim was to sign up Juventus and Marseilles in the weeks before he sets off on May 15 from Glasgow.

For more information on the challenge and to donate money, go to http://www.eurochampschallenge.com/.

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