A group of Bury FC fans and figures involved in the running of the club - including a former Shakers captain - are set to take on the challenge of sitting in every seat at Gigg Lane.

They will doing the event on Sunday, June 30, in aid of Cancer Research UK, a cause close to the hearts of those who will be attempting to sit in all of the 11,500 seats.

The challenge has been organised by Brian White and Sam Harman, who were inspired by a seat sit completed by radio presenters at Manchester United's Old Trafford in the 80s.

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Sam, Bury's volunteer coordinator and ambassador for the Her Game Too campaign, said: “My reason for doing the sponsored sit down is because myself and my family have been hugely effected by cancer.

"We lost my beautiful nan to cancer in 2004, my mum was then diagnosed in 2018 and then I myself was diagnosed in 2021 with breast cancer.

"Without the care procedures and lifesaving drugs I was given I don’t believe I would be here today.

“As a club we have suffered some great losses to cancer, a good few fans have recently passed from the awful disease, and we also lost a dear volunteer lifelong Bury fan and friend to many, Amanda Freeman, just over a year ago.

“By doing this and raising as much money as possible I believe we could be helping save others suffering from cancer.”

Sam HarmanSam Harman (Image: Supplied)

Brian, who has been Bury's PA announcer for 26 years, said: “One in two people are affected by cancer and it's time to take a stand. One of my friends passed away this season through cancer and I sat there and I thought, 'how could we raise money?'

“We've got a stadium that sits empty for so many days a year so let's use it, get some Bury fans together who've been affected by cancer in one way or the other, and basically sit on every single seat.”

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Click here to visit a crowdfunding page has been set up by the group to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

One of the people taking on the seats is former Bury captain and current board member Jon Newby.

Jon Newby during his playing daysJon Newby during his playing days (Image: Supplied)

He said: “It’s obviously a fantastic cause to raise money for. At some stage in our lives we are all unfortunately going to be affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly through loved ones.

“As a current board member and former captain of the club, I thought I had better lead from the front and get some hard work done and take part myself!

"There are 11,500 seats and I'm used to doing three sets of 10 squats every couple of days in the gym so I’ve no doubt there will be plenty of sore legs in the days after the challenge.

“We hope the people of the town and supporters of the club and football in general can get behind this.“

Those involved in the challenge want to thank those who have donated with more than £1,000 has been raised so far.