Heroic ef­fort for rugby fun day

Fundrais­ing tar­get smashed in mem­ory of club mem­ber who died at 21

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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