Generous Gloucestershire raised a huge amount for Epilepsy Research UK in a charity 7s tournament at Cirencester Rugby Club. On a cold and wet Sunday, U14 squads from across the county joined the home team for an exciting day of fast-paced rugby, with Ciren As winning the trophy in a hard-fought final. We were grateful to Glos and England player, Henry Trinder, who gave up his time to come along and present the trophy and talk to the boys.

Alongside the rugby there was a cake stall, hot food, a raffle and a bar, with a barrel of beer very generously donated by Theakstons.
Cirencester RFC wanted to help raise the profile of both the charity and the condition as one of their squad was recently diagnosed, and it is their way of trying to remove some of the stigma still associated with the condition, whilst raising money for vital research into newer drugs with fewer side-effects etc.

Organiser, Tegen Lochhead, said, “Epilepsy affects not only the sufferer but also the whole family, and we wanted to show that sport has no boundaries! Anything that can be done to improve quality of life is a bonus and we hope that by supporting ERUK we may be contributing to finding an eventual cure some day. We were very grateful too to Henry for his support on the day, and I’m sure we’ve now converted him into being a lifelong supporter of ERUK!

To date we have raised £1300 and people are still offering to help. We’ve been totally overwhelmed by the support we’ve been given and huge thanks to all who helped out on the day and in the run-up to it.

We were also gifted some signed rugby merchandise, which we are going to auction off in a separate charity function in the coming weeks. Our thanks go to England RfU, Scotland RfU, Scarlets, Glos rugby and Chris White for donating shirts, and to Cowley Manor for donating a Spa day. Watch this space for announcements about a charity ceilidh and auction!!”