Take on Lenny’s IceFoot challenge for MND Association

Former Claret Lenny Johnrose is challenging former teammates and the football family in general to put themselves through “pure hell” with him to help raise £92,000 for the MND Association.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 8:35 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 8:38 am
Lenny Johnrose

Preston-born Lenny, who started his career at Blackburn Rovers, had three spells at Turf Moor, helping Burnley win promotion from the third tier in 2000.

He was diagnosed with MND four years ago, and now is looking for people to take part in his #IceFoot92 challenge, to highlight and help towards the MND Association’s care and research work.

Former Clarets such as Jamie Hoyland, Steve Davis, Gordon Armstrong and Paul Weller have already filmed themselves standing in a bucket of ice water for 92 seconds and shared the footage on social media.

Lenny said: “As a player, I’d ice foot injuries. I’m asking people to stand in a bucket of ice water for 92 seconds – one second for each club in the league – I can promise you it’s pure hell.

“If you manage it , you get to nominate your mates so it’s a great chance to set them up!

“This is my way of doing something positive for people with MND, now and into the future.

“There is some research suggesting a link between sport and MND so football seemed like the perfect platform to not only raise funds but raise awareness of the disease.”

To take part, film yourself standing in a bucket of ice water for 92 seconds.

Donate £10 by texting MNDLEN to 70085, nominate mates to do the challenge, and share your footage with the hashtag#IceFoot92

Meanwhile, Lenny has a charity football match lined up, with the 51-year-old appearing as a special guest, as long as he’s well and available.

Johnrose’s charity is one of four being represented on the day, and joining the Len Johnrose Trust is; The Sporting Memories Foundation, East Lancashire Hospice and St Catherine’s Hospice.

The game has had its date pushed back twice now, because of COVID-19.

The new date is Sunday, July 18th, with kick off at 2 p.m. at Bamber Bridge FC’s Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

The ticket prices £5.50 for general admission, £4.40 for concessions and £16.50 for a VIP (meet and greet with reserved seating) ticket.

Lenny’s XI is made up of former and current footballers such as; Colin Hendry, Chris Samba, Mark Atkins, Dean West and Billy Kee to name just a few.

Tony Parkes, will also act as the manager of Len’s XI.

Last year the 71-year-old revealed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

The TV All Stars team is a squad made up of Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and DIY SOS actors.

Coronation Street’s Peter Gunn, or as he’s known in the soap, Brian Packham, will present the trophy on the day.

Three BBC Radio Lancashire presenters will be making an appearance on the day with Andy Bayes and Graham Liver playing, and Stephen Lowe doing the commentating along with comedian, Graeme Rayner.

The creator and organiser of the event, Tony Cartwright, has been running charity events like this for 27 years and says that he keeps on going because he “keeps on meeting inspirational people.”

To get your tickets, search for the ‘Lens 11 V TV All Stars’ Facebook page and on there you will find the link to the ‘We got tickets’ page.

And to see the latest interviews on and about the game, search for the ‘Ashley Edwards’ YouTube channel or find the videos on his Twitter page, @AshEdwards2000