Sitting on a chair may not sound like an impressive charity fundraiser but when you plan to sit on 33,597 at a football stadium in Derby it becomes a little more cheeky.

By the time Derby County Football Club play Millwall at home on Saturday 24 September, lifelong supporter Gareth Griffiths and four of his friends will have sat on every seat at Pride Park Stadium in just one day - all in the aid of charity. Gareth, who is 36, came up with the idea to help him raise £5,000 for Action for Children and Sight Support Derbyshire.

Pride Park Stadium

He will be joined on the challenge by fellow Rams fans Tim Jones, Phil Evans, JJ Smith, and Matt Wix. Starting in the West Stand, Gareth's group - entitled Bums On Seats - will make their way around the stadium, sitting on about 6,720 seats each.

Gareth said: "I got the idea from a friend of a friend, who did the same thing at the Ethihad Stadium for charity. It will probably be a case of the first guy sitting on the top row, the second guy on the row below and so on, just moving from one seat to the next until we've done them all.

"I suspect for the first 15 to 20 minutes it will be a novelty and then, after that, it will get quite tedious. But, if we are near each other, we can keep each other's spirits up," he added.

Bums On Seats will make the attempt on Friday 23rd September, the day before the Millwall match. To sponsor them, visit

Posted on 22/09/2011