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Bryan Robson takes on the Desert Challenge in aid of the Foundation

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson will swap his football boots for hiking boots in February as he takes on the Desert Challenge in aid of Manchester United Foundation and the Boparan Trust.

| by Katie Newton
The former United captain will undertake the six-day trek to raise funds for the two children’s charities, following in the footsteps of Denis Irwin and Andy Ritchie, who completed a similar feat in 2009. The challenge will see Robbo joined by former Ireland international and close friend Keith O’Neill, who he worked with during his time as Middlesbrough manager.

Robson is a longstanding supporter of the Foundation and previously fundraised by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2013.  He now can’t wait for his latest adventure: “It’s been a few years since the Kilimanjaro trek, so it’s time for another challenge,” he said. “For me, it’s not just about the experience, it’s about raising money. I think all United fans follow the Foundation and realise what great events and projects they put on for kids and the community. That’s why I always like to help out; it’s a worthy cause and I’m really pleased to be working with the Foundation and Boparan.”

The desert team will face extreme temperatures, fluctuating between 5-35°C, and will trek for 8-10 hours a day across tricky terrain throughout their journey, but Robson says it wouldn’t be a challenge without having to test yourself:  “Kilimanjaro was tough!” he admits. “But looking back, it was a great experience, and I’m sure the desert trek will be the same.  Denis and Andy went through the desert a few years ago; they’ve told me that it was great experience, so I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

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