Preston North End has supported St Augustine's RC High School student Ed Townley with a visit from the Deepdale Duck, after he took up a fundraising challenge in aid of homelessness charity Nightsafe.
Ed, a year 10 student at the Clitheroe-based school who has muscular dystrophy, has so far raised more than £1,200 for Nightsafe by completing a lap of the school playground while wearing a different football shirt every day.
The inspiring youngster wore a Preston North End shirt on the tenth day of his challenge and was joined by the club mascot for his lap for the day, and was even presented with a Preston North End football for his efforts by the Deepdale Duck, along with a selection of other PNE gifts.
Fellow St Augustine's students and staff have been supporting Ed's efforts by raising funds for both Nightsafe and other food banks local to the school in Billington.
Ed said: "We are raising money for Nightsafe. It’s a charity for homeless people. What I’m doing is wearing a different football shirt [each day] and today I’m wearing PNE.
"Usually we’ve been outside on the yard and done a full lap of the yard, but obviously we can’t because of the weather, but we’ve done a few laps inside instead."
St Augustine's teacher Terry Richardson added: "Every day, Ed has been out during registration in different football shirts from representatives of north west teams.
"He’s been a credit to himself, a credit to the school, and a credit to the teams he’s wearing the shirts of."
Watch Ed's efforts in full by watching the video below, and to donate to his cause, click here.
🙌 @Deepdale_Duck has paid a visit to @SARCHSofficial student Ed Townley!— Preston North End Community and Education Trust (@pnecommunity) December 24, 2020
In aid of @nightsafebwd, Ed completed 12 laps of the school yard, wearing a different football shirt each day, including #pnefc on day 🔟!
➡️ https://t.co/1Lfday8FcO#PNECET @NightsafeJan @soccerscapes pic.twitter.com/N6AVNDtRfM