Former Macclesfield rugby player hosts match for charities
A FORMER rugby player has organised a veterans match to raise money for two charities.
Marcus Aldrich, who used to play for Macclesfield Rugby Club, is running the game at Malton and Norton Rugby Club in Yorkshire on September 18.
The annual event is now in its third year.
The first match, at Terrington Hall School, raised £20,000 for Ryedale MS Society.
A further £10,000 was raised the following year, this time split between Yorkshire Cancer Research, MS UK and the RFU Injured Players’ Fund.
Now the two teams – affectionately named the “Codgers” and the “Relics” – go head-tohead for the third time to raise money. Proceeds from the event will be split between the Encephalitis Society and Ryedale Special Families.
The players, with an average age of 45, all come from different backgrounds but have one thing in common – the love of the game of rugby.
As well as the big game at 5.30pm there will be coaching for children and a screening of England and Fiji’s World Cup game.
Marcus, formerly of Prestbury, said: “The plan was to get a few guys together and just have a game. Out of nothing this disparate group came together and then from that came the idea of raising money for charity.
“The game itself will be hard and fast and, as for the standard, it is very good.
“I am sure there will be a few hearts fluttering when we take to the pitch on September 18.”
●● Marcus Aldrich, who used to play rugby for Macclesfield, is organising a veterans game in Yorkshire to raise money for two charities