A group of fundraising Evertonians were given a hero’s welcome as they arrived at Goodison Park today to finish a mammoth cycle challenge.
Toffees Together, comprising 25 members of official Everton supporters' club branches, have spent the last four days in the saddle on the way back from Sunderland in an effort to raise £50,000 for charity.
The group departed the Stadium of Light on Sunday morning to start their quest, all in aid of Everton in the Community and the Everton Former Players' Foundation.
After covering 247 miles in total, they were greeted by family, friends and staff of Everton Football Club, as well as former Blues stars John Bailey and Cliff Marshall.
Volunteers from Everton in the Community were also on hand to congratulate them and offer up a well-earned bottle of Chang!
On arrival at Goodison Park, Toffees Together frontman and Secretary of the Mid Cheshire Everton Supporters’ Club, Ken Sweeney, said: “I thought I had experienced pain but this challenge surpasses everything! Cycling from Wakefield to Burnley felt like we had crossed the Himalayas. It was such a relief to finally see the Grand Old Lady and receive such a fantastic welcome home. I am so proud of the team – everyone did so well.”
Toffees Together are aiming to raise £50,000 for both Everton related charities and there’s still time to donate. Simply visit justgiving.com/toffeestogether .
Everton Chief Executive Robert Elstone was among the group gathered to greet the cyclists back to Goodison and said: "This group of people have made everybody very proud to be Blue. I pass on thanks on behalf of the Club and Everton in the Community and as a keen cyclist myself, I do know how hard it is so I take my hat off to them. It was a fantastic effort by all."