With the first round of the 2015/16 HSBC Sevens Series only days away, a group of both England Men and Women’s 7’s have helped raise £2,200 for Restart Rugby by donating their unwanted kit to online ‘stash’ site, InMyLocker.
Set up by Ian Styles and former England, Toulon and Wasps’ lock, Simon Shaw, InMyLocker raises money for a players chosen charity by selling the kit they accumulate during a season and which they can no longer wear due to changes in club, sponsor or kit manufacturers.
The money raised will support professional players through Restart Rugby – the official charity of the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA), which was established in 2001 to support players who are forced to retire through illness or injury.
At a presentation on Thursday 26th November, England 7’s players John Brake, Phil Burgess, Tom Mitchell, Richard de Carpentier and Dan Norton handed over the £2,200 cheque to the RPA’s Fundraising Manager, Alex Lines-Scrase.
Alex said: “On behalf of everyone at Restart Rugby and the RPA, we would like to say a huge thank-you to all the England 7’s players, both the men and the women, who have donated their old gear to InMyLocker and raised much needed funds for the charity.”
Dan Norton, a member of the England 7’s squad since 2009, said: “Working with InMyLocker is a great way to clear the house of all my bags of stash and help raise money for a fantastic charity in Restart Rugby.”
If you’re an RPA member who would like to donate your old gear through InMyLocker please email Ian Styles on firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 07506 740833.
InMyLocker will come to your club or training ground and collect whatever gear you may have – including training shirts, gym vests, showerproofs or tracksuits.