ENGLAND STARS SUPPORT ALEX BENNETT FUNDRAISER

Thank you to everyone who supported Alex Bennetts fundraising match and Gala Dinner on Saturday, helping to raise inexcess of50,000 for The RPA Benevolent Fund, The RFU Injured Players Foundationand The Alex Bennett Fund for Spinal Injuries.

An online auction of 35 lots will also be running until 12th August at: http://auctionofpromises.com/i.aspx?a=dmddnjd

The pick of these lots has to be:

  •           A coaching day from Stuart Lancaster and Graham Rowntree at your club
  •           A mascot package for a Barbarians fixture
  •           A weeks rugby coaching from Will Greenwood and Austin Healey in Sardinia.

In addition there are many other fantastic rugby, football, golf, boxing and cricket lots on offer.

Please click here for the match report for Bosh Legends 36-36 England Legends

Donations can still be made to The Lymm RFC Bosh Appeal

Barclays Bank, sort code: 20 01 96

Account Number: 73681041

Background to Alex Bennetts fundraiser:
It was the American historian Charles A Beard who said: When it is dark enough, you can see the stars
It was Jack Dempsey, the heavyweight boxing champion of the world in the 1920s who said: A champion is someone who gets up, even when he cant.
It was Winston Churchill who said: If you are going through hell, keep going and Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.
And it was Moliere who said: The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.

In Alex Bennett, aka `Bosh, Lymm RFC and the rugby world have a true champion; in February he couldnt get up from a collision that fractured his spine whilst playing for Lymm against Sandal  to move his head could have resulted in paralysis. He could certainly see the stars  he was in a very dark place: just imagine being in a position whereby the only way in which you can communicate with your wife and children is by blinking your eye!

The way in which Bosh has kept going through his personal hell has astonished his doctors and been a source of inspiration to all with whom he has come into contact. He has a long way to go, but each day he soars high, like a kite, as he strives to overcome the obstacles that his misfortune on the pitch so recently presented. The good grace with which he has accepted his current lot in life just adds to the admiration in which he is held by those whose darkest fear would be to be in the place from which he has emerged. It is for these reasons that so many legends from the world of rugby gave up their time to play in this match to show support for Bosh and for others who suffer a similar fate, or worse.

-ENDS-

Melissa Plat
MPlatt@theRPA.co.uk
020 8831 7930