Robbo joins young Red for charity walk
Bryan Robson provided a send-off from Old Trafford to eight-year-old United fan Isaac O'Connor as he embarked on a 32-mile walk to Anfield to raise money for charity on Saturday.
The Reds' ambassador and former captain was on hand to wish Isaac and five friends good luck for the two-day trek from Manchester to Merseyside, in which they are raising money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
Isaac, a United season-ticket holder, started his charity efforts last October, when he walked in the opposite direction from St Helens in Merseyside, where he lives, to Old Trafford for our home game against Liverpool.
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The return walk back to Merseyside was scheduled for this weekend to coincide with our Premier League away game against Liverpool.
That fixture has now been rescheduled for Tuesday 19 April, so Isaac will finish on Sunday at Alder Hey and then complete the journey with the short hop from Alder Hey to Anfield on the night of the rearranged game.
Former England skipper Robson joined the first stretch of the walk away along Sir Matt Busby Way and paid tribute to Isaac’s “amazing efforts”.
“There’s not many eight-year-olds who would volunteer to walk such a long distance to help other kids, so Isaac should be very proud of himself," our former no.7 said.
“It just shows how football can be such a force for good and it’s great to see.”
Before setting out from the East Stand forecourt of Old Trafford on Saturday, Isaac said he was excited about the expedition ahead. “I just wanted to do something to help children who are sick,” he explained.
Dad Chris said he was “incredibly proud” of his son and five team-mates from his junior football team, Alex Hoogendyk, Zach Harding, Max Davies, Henry Bednarczyk and Jack Elliott.
Issac raised £3,420 for Alder Hey from his first walk last October and has already collected £4,000 for his latest trek, with a target to reach £5,000. Donations can be made via a JustGiving page here.
Isaac’s efforts have drawn support from both sides of the north-west football rivalry, with the charitable foundation of Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher donating a signed Liverpool shirt to Isaac’s campaign, to be auctioned alongside a retro United shirt signed by Robson.