Mes­sage of thanks from Eng­land coach

Windsor & Eton Express - - Sport -

For­mer Maiden­head RFC cap­tain Si­mon Cripps re­ceived an un­ex­pected mes­sage of thanks from the Eng­land head coach Ed­die Jones this week, af­ter his fundrais­ing ef­forts for the NHS.

To mark his 40th birth­day the Claires Court School teacher took on 40 chal­lenges in 40 days, rais­ing more than £8,000 for NHS staff car­ing for COVID-19 pa­tients.

The NHS saved his life when he was badly burned 20 years ago. He was placed on a life sup­port ma­chine and told there was a chance he’d never walk again.

Just seven months later, af­ter in­cred­i­ble sup­port from the NHS and his fam­ily, he turned out once more for Maiden­head RFC.

An­other rea­son Si­mon chose to sup­port NHS char­i­ties is that his wife Cara works as a key worker on the front line, do­ing her best to save lives from COVID-19.

In the video mes­sage Jones said: “Si­mon, Ed­die Jones here. I heard you were do­ing 40 chal­lenges for your 40th birth­day to thank the NHS for sav­ing your life when you were a Har­lequins u21s and Maiden­head player. Well done mate. Thanks to all of your fam­ily who’s worked for the NHS over the years, in­clud­ing your wife Cara who’s been on the front­line lately.

“I hope you raise lots of money for the NHS char­i­ties, and we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate all the work you’ve been do­ing mate.”

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