On Wednesday 20th May, the RBN will again be supporting a fund-raising day for injured rugby player Paul Barker, which will take place at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and Twickenham Stadium, and we’d love to see a strong turn-out from members.
Paul, who played at Esher, Stourbridge, and Effingham & Leatherhead, suffered a badly broken leg in 2012 and, when a follow-up operation was required, he was found to have a rare form of cancer that necessitated the immediate removal of the leg.
The day will run along similar lines to last year’s event, which featured a riotous corporate wheelchair rugby tournament followed by a star-studded black-tie dinner at Twickenham Stadium, with Chris Robshaw, Joe Marler, John Inverdale and Laura Wright all taking to the stage.
As well as some hilarious rugby stories, guests were treated to the rare sight of John Inverdale drinking a pint from Paul’s prosthetic leg.
The tournament and ball will again raise money for the Leicester and London Wheelchair Rugby clubs, The Matt Hampson Foundation and a new state-of-the-art prosthetic leg for Paul (who is still undergoing treatment and rehabilitation).
Chris has been unable to confirm his attendance as yet, as he’s due to lead his team into an almost as prestigious tournament later this year, but John Inverdale, Joe Marler and Laura Wright will be appearing (click here for a report on last year’s event).
During the day, a corporate Murderball (a.k.a. wheelchair rugby) tournament will take place, with rugby stars, fans, friends and sponsors joining top wheelchair rugby athletes for a day of challenging sport. It will aim to deliver a hugely rewarding team-building day, where eight teams of up to ten people will battle it out in the winner-takes-all tournament.
Event organiser James Price, the MTWRC Chairman and Leicester Tigers WRC Captain who broke his neck in a holiday diving accident when aged 21, said of the sport, “Wheelchair Rugby has been a real saviour in my life. As soon as I started playing, the increased fitness helped me with everyday life and the banter from other people in my situation gave me the confidence to go back to college and university.
“Supporting the sport that gave me so much and helping others who have suffered some of the worst life-changing injuries is something I continue to draw strength from and I hope this year sees the event build on last year’s success.”
There are many great causes out there, but few are closer to our hearts than this one, so please join us for what will be as good a rugby day as you’ll ever have.
Team entry for the Murderball Tournament is £1,500 and tables at the dinner are also £1,500 for up to 10 people (£2,500 if you want both). Individual places are available for the dinner. Tickets can be purchased at www.matthampson.co.uk/events
For more information, contact James Price 07971090634 / firstname.lastname@example.org