Former Red pledges to complete 100k in aid of Darby Rimmer MND Foundation

Two-time FA Youth Cup winner with Liverpool, Craig Lindfield has accepted the challenge of completing 100 kilometres in May for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.

Lindfield joined the Reds’ academy at the age of eight in 1996, where he rose through the ranks and won two FA Youth Cups in 2005/06 and 2006/07.

One of his teammates during those triumphs was Stephen Darby, who made six senior appearances for the Reds between 2008 and 2010 and was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2018.

The 31-year-old was forced to retire and soon after formed a foundation with close friend Chris Rimmer, who was also diagnosed with the condition, to help raise funds and awareness for MND.

BRADFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 13, 2019: Liverpool's Stephen Derby and Rimmer of the The Darby Rimmer MND Foundation before a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City AFC and Liverpool FC at Valley Parade. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And starting next month, The Darby Rimmer MND Foundation has launched a ‘100k in May’ challenge which tasks people with completing the distance by walking, running, swimming or cycling within 31 days.

Lindfield aims to raise at least £5,000 for the foundation by running and walking the 100k, and Darby himself will be taking on the challenge as well as Rimmer who will partake on a wheelchair-adapted exercise bike.

The former Red took to Twitter to announce his involvement and to thank those who have shared and donated to his page, as it “is all about raising awareness and one day finding a cure:”

Robbie Threlfall, who also rose through the ranks at Liverpool and was a member of the FA Youth Cup-winning teams alongside Darby and Lindfield, has similarly created a page and pledged his support to run 100k.

MND is a neurological condition which affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord and there is no cure or effective treatment.

* To donate to Craig’s JustGiving page you can do so here.