Keepy-uppy champ sets new record

Dan Magness Photo: PA

World Record smasher Dan Magness will set a new record In Manchester this lunchtime as he completesthe final stretch of his mammoth 10-day keepy-uppy challenge.

He's walked the 200 miles from Wembley and will end up at Old Trafford later today doing ‘keepy-uppies’ all the way. The 'Keep it Up for Soccer Aid' challenge which has raised money for UNICEF.

Launched by Robbie Williams in 2010, 'Keep it Up for Soccer Aid' calls on the UK public to keep something up and get sponsored to do so in the run up to Soccer Aid, ITV1’s celebrity football match at Old Trafford on Sunday May 27th, which raises money for UNICEF’s life-saving work for children around the world. And the government has also announced they will match all funds raised from the public as part of Soccer Aid 2012.

As part of Dan's challenge, he's completed the equivalent of almost a marathon a day with an estimated 400,000 steps and doing an estimated half million keepy-uppies along the way.

Despite some thrills and near spills an emotional Magness broke through the186 mile barrier needed to set ‘the longest distance travelled whilst juggling a football’ just outside Manchester last night.

"This is without a doubt the craziest, most exciting and most challenging thing I have ever done.

"It's incredible to finish on the day that we hear that all SoccerAid funds will be matched by thegovernment; that means if you give a fiver, ten pounds will go to UNICEF's vital work to save children's lives.

"I hope today's news inspires other people to take up a ‘Keep it upfor Soccer Aid challenge’ - and double the money theyraise for UNICEF.”

– Dan Magness

For more information visit www.unicef.org.uk/soccer-aid