York City supporters cycling to Sixfields in memory of Northampton Town fan appeal for donations

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A group of 12 York City supporters will be cycling 162 miles to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of a Cobblers fan who died from a heart attack last year.

The fans will be travelling from their home ground to Sixfields to pay tribute to David Henderson, who died on his way home from the match between the two clubs in January 2014.

The cyclists will leave York on February 19, enduring three days of pedalling before arriving at Sixfields on Saturday February 21 in time for the York City v Northampton Town game.

The organiser, Ian Jones, from York, was prompted to do something after being present at the fateful game last season. Mr Henderson was travelling home from the match with his nine-year-old son, Alex, when he had a heart attack. He died despite valiant efforts from St John ambulance volunteers and staff at Northampton General Hospital to save his life.

Mr Henderson, who was the manager of Stoke Bruerne Canal museum, died aged 57 leaving three adult children, James, Kerry and Laura as well as his nine-year-old son, Alex and his wife Amanda. Mr Henderson also had six grandchildren.

Mr Jones has attracted tremendous support already through raffles, auctions, sponsorship from York City players and local York businesses. He has set up a charity page (www.justgiving.com/Ride2Northampton) and interested parties can follow their progress via Twitter:@ycfc_2_ntfc.

In April Northampton Town Football Club arranged for a minute's applause in a tribute to Mr Henderson and offered support to his family.