Heroic effort for rugby fun day
Fundraising target smashed in memory of club member who died at 21
A FUNDRAISER in memory of a keen rugby player who died aged just 21 has smashed the target set by organisers.
Ashley Critchfield, who was a team member at Hayes Rugby Club, was tragically killed in a road accident outside the club in Kinghill Avenue in August 2006.
On Saturday the club was the scene of a fundraising event in his memory, called The Rugby Ash 7’s Tournament and Family Fun Day, which was attended by hundreds of people and raised an amazing £3,796 for Help for Heroes, the armed forces charity.
Ashley’s sister-in-law, Juli Critchfield, who manages Hayes Rugby Club and organised the event, said: “We started Ash 7’s Tournament and charity fun day three years ago in remembrance of our little brother.
“He was and always will be a well-known and loved young man around the area and had so much more to give in life.
“He was a keen fisherman as well as a valid team player to Hayes Rugby Club and had just started to pursue a career within the fire brigade.”
Nine teams battled
it out and the Old Stoic 7’s defeated last year’s winners, Old Isleworthians, by a landslide 64-0.
The event raised £1,800 for Scope in its first year and £2,000 for Make A Wish Foundation last year.
Ashley’s family hoped to top this for Help For Heroes and nearly doubled their target.
Children enjoyed unlimited turns on inflatables with a ‘bouncy band’ for £10.
These included bouncy castles, a slide, castle, gladiator duel, bungee run and even sumo suits.suits There was also a barbecue, face-painting, a live band, a raffle, rodeo bull, special guest appearances from the Help for Heroes bears and more.
Juli added: “It was absolutely fantastic, a brilliant day.
“We had so many helpers on the day, volunteering their time.
“Someone won a TV from the raffle and gave it back.
“We auctioned it off and got an extra £130 which was a really nice thing to do.”
n SUCCESS: Organisers Juli and Hayden Critchfield. Inset above, Janet Critchfield and Sandra Eustace Photos by Grant Humphreys www.buyaphototms.co.uk BE154855
n REMEMBERED: Ashley Critchfield, who died in 2006, and his brother Hayden Critchfield