While details of how the Foundation plans to follow the huge success of last season’s project – One In A Million – are currently being finalised, 35-year-old Tom plans to use Leicester’s annual 26.2-mile event to help get the new campaign off to a flying start.
Having spent the last 10 years working in the Club’s Sports Medicine department, Tom’s day job involves aiding players from the Foxes first team and development squad avoid and recover from injury.
On Sunday 14 October he’ll be putting his own body through the pain barrier to raise money for the LCFC Foxes Foundation and its work for charitable causes in Leicestershire and beyond.
“I’ve never done anything like this before, but I was so impressed with the way everyone at the Club came together for One In A Million that I wanted to do something for the Foundation this season,” said Tom, an adopted son of Leicestershire having grown up in Wetherby in West Yorkshire.
“I’ve lived in Leicestershire for 14 years now, so it’s great to be raising money for a charity that is bringing everyone associated with the Football Club together and strengthening its place in the local community.”
Tom will be seeking advice from City Ambassador Alan Birchenall, whose annual 50 laps of the pitch at the final home game of the season has been a cornerstone of the Foxes’ annual fundraising work for nearly 40 years.
Due to matchday commitments, Tom has only ever been able to complete the odd lap with the Birch, but plans to make up for it on 14 October.
Tom added: “I’ll be speaking to Birch about it to get a few pointers, no doubt – I’m sure he’ll have some advice for me!
“He’s been a great ambassador for the Football Club and my contribution will be a small one by comparison, but hopefully we can raise a bit of money make a positive start to the new campaign.”