GRFC Former Players have completed a very busy weekend of strenuous fund raising for local charities.
On Friday 19 August 2022, the fifth and final Gloucester Rugby President (Fred Reed)’s Walk took place from Sharpness to Gloucester Farmers’ Club in Sandhurst Lane, Gloucester. The walk was approximately 18 miles in length and took an average of between five and seven hours to complete.
On Sunday 21 August the Former Players played a cricket match against the professional National Hunt jockeys, at Phillip Pritchard’s home, Daunceys Farm, Purton, Berkeley.
The Former Players batted first and posted a score of 350 runs, which at the time looked a formidable total. But the result went right down to the final ball, and unfortunately for the Former Players the jockeys hit the winning runs.
A group of four Former Players did both events and on both days it was hot and sunny.
The cricket match raised £330 from players of both sides, and was donated to JustGiving 4Ed, in support of Ed Slater and his family. Ed was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND) in July.
Money from the President’s Walk, when finally collected, will go towards three charities: “The Fold” a South African children’s charity, supported by Martin St Quinton and his wife Judith; local charity Pied Piper; and Gloucester Rugby Foundation. Each charity will be given an equal share.