A DEDICATED Reading FC fan is set to walk from Madejski Stadium to Craven Cottage to raise vital cash for charity.

Johnny Hunt will take on the 60-mile scenic trek in time for Royals' clash with Fulham in London on Tuesday, April 10.

Mr Hunt, a nurse, is raising cash for Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a suicide prevention charity.

"Mental health is something that's important to me," said Mr Hunt.

"I know lots of people who have been affected by it.

"It's a big subject and it is a taboo subject. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45.

"One in four people suffer from mental health problems, if you put that into the context of a football team that's four players."

He was inspired by a group of Fulham fans who took on a similar challenge last year.

The trip, organised by Cottagers fan Lee Adams, raised more than £8,000.

And Mr Adams will join Mr Hunt, who will travel to the UK from his home in Wicklow, Ireland, for the return leg.

"When I saw the Fulham fans doing it I got in touch and said well why don't we do the return leg as a bit of competition," said Mr Hunt, 46.

"If you break a leg you talk about it but if you are suffering from depression or anxiety it is very much pushed under the carpet.

"I just want to raise awareness and support. If I can raise £3,000 I will be happy."

The group will set off from Madejski Stadium on Monday, April 9 and hope to arrive at Craven Cottage in time for kick-off the following evening.

"I might need to cut down on a beer or two before the walk," quipped Mr Hunt.

To donate to the cause visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/johnny-hunt