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Going blue is a special day for the club - Manager

7 December 2017

Manager Gary Johnson knows it is a special occasion for the club this Saturday - as the Robins go blue for one-day only for charity!

Cheltenham will be wearing a one-off blue strip against Crewe on Saturday to raise awareness of the British Lung Foundation, the only UK charity looking after the nation’s lungs.

The idea is the brainchild of the Robins Trust, who have worked closely with the club and the charity in creating an event to also put on a show of togetherness for the club's fitness coach Ian Hutton and his fiancee Vicky Veness. Vicky was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer earlier this year.

The Robins will now turn blue to create more awareness of the British Lung Foundation - and raise vital funding in the process!

“It’s a cause close to us all with a member of staff involved. I think it’s a great initiative by the club and the British Lung Foundation,” said Johnson.

“We have the chance to put on a blue day and the more cash that comes in the better as we try to eradicate these terrible diseases.

“Ian (Hutton) is coping with it well and we all have to understand the situation and be respectful. It’s never easy to deal with it, that is for sure, and everyone who has been close to someone who is that ill knows how difficult it is.

“It would be wrong to compare it with the football match,” he added. “Of course when the whistle blows we will give it our all to win the game.

“But that is different to the blue day and I don’t think it’s fair to cross over the two. Crewe are involved in the awareness to because they are playing too.

“We have got to win to get three points, but at the same time we are trying to do a job to raise awareness.”

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