Four wheely great causes
Ugby Is well known for its support of charities, so we decided to highlight four current projects. First up is Wooden spoon’s latest campaign, which aims to buy a rugby wheelchair for every wheelchair rugby club in the UK and Ireland.
only 18% of people with a disability in the UK take part in sport – less than half the number of non-disabled people. so Wooden spoon hope to raise £95,000 to buy wheelchairs and make it easier to take up the game.
R“Investing in children and young people is not just about giving them something to do at the weekend,” says former gb captain steve brown, “it gives them confidence that flourishes into every part of their life.”
Charlie Hetherington, 22, of gloucester Wheelchair rugby Club, backs this up by saying: “I love that wheelchair rugby is so inclusive. It has given me and so many of my team-mates a new lease of life.” see woodenspoon.org.uk
sos Kit Aid has been going strong for 15 years and recently made its 500th delivery. The charity recycles used and new rugby kit, shipping it to emerging rugby countries. so far 250
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over the age of 15? you should be checking your testicles once a month for warning signs of testicular cancer. The goal of oddballs’ Check yourself campaign is to encourage teens and men to do just that by removing the stigma attached to talking ‘balls’. see myoddballs.com
It’s mental Health Day on 10 october and one organisation is looking to train more ‘mental first aiders’. mental Health First Aid is the mental health equivalent of physical first-aid training and their courses aim to give people the skills to recognise signs of common mental health issues. see mhfaengland.org
500 up graham Price, sos Kit Aid Ceo John broadfoot and Wayne barnes
Leading the charge Charlie Hetherington launches an attack