Spurs go the extra mile for Sport Relief!
The Club's support for Sport Relief 2012 culminated in a fantastic effort by participants from two Tottenham Hotspur Foundation projects at Sunday's London Mile on The Mall.
Young people from Jermain Defoe’s E18HTEEN project and women from the Think Fit programme took part, running either one, three or six miles, raising funds for Sport Relief in the process.
Our famous mascot Chirpy was also there on the day running one mile - beating his North London rival Gunnersauras!
For some Foundation project participants, running the Sport Relief Mile has been a fantastic opportunity, particularly Silma Cobham, 64, a participant at the Think Fit women-only jogging group in Leyton, Waltham Forest.
She suffered from breast cancer and, after recovering from extensive treatment and surgery, now attends Think Fit regularly. Silma joined the jogging group in January and completed three miles for Sport Relief.
In the short amount of time Silma has been attending Think Fit, she has seen a vast improvement in her stamina and health. Recently, she told her coach that she is now able to climb 67 steps without stopping or feeling tired, something she never thought she would be able to do after her treatment.
Silma said: "I am elated to be able to take part in the jogging. Just to get around walking and jogging is an amazing achievement for me as a few years ago I did not think I would be here at all after suffering with breast cancer. This jogging group has given me so much enjoyment and something to be proud of. I tell every woman I meet to come and join in and how fantastic it is."
The Club and its players had previously taken part in a number of activities to raise awareness of Sport Relief and encourage fans to take part in the London Mile.
Sandro joined children from local charity Haringey Shed in doing their own Sport Relief Mile around the pitch at White Hart Lane.
Brad Friedel and Carlo Cudicini took part in a session of PHASE, an older people’s exercise project run by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation with funding from Sport Relief.
Jermain Defoe himself featured on last Friday’s BBC campaign night by taking part in a football-themed ‘Horrible Histories’ sketch.
The striker, Brad, Sandro and Gareth Bale were also featured on posters within a learning resource pack sent out to schools nationally by Sport Relief, taking part in a tug of war.
Sport Relief 2012 has currently raised an incredible total of £52,070,587 to help people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world's poorest countries.