For­mer Mac­cles­field rugby player hosts match for char­i­ties

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

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

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