Duns RFC have kick-started teammate Duncan Budge’s fund raising efforts for Help for Heroes, by raising almost a thousand pounds before, during and after their last game of the season.
Second row forward, and serving Northumbria Police officer Duncan Budge is taking part in the 2012 ‘Toon-to-Town’ charity cycling challenge in May this year; a five-day, 420-mile bike ride from Newcastle to Llanelli in west Wales.
Together with a number of colleagues from Northumbria Police, Duncan is making the marathon bicycle trip to raise funds for the soldiers charity.
Spearheaded by Budge’s colleague Giles Evans, the challenge is so named because Evans is based in Newcastle (the ‘Toon’) but is originally from Llanelli, which is known to locals as ‘the Town’.
And, thanks to Duncan’s Duns RFC teammates, his fundraising has got off to a flying start.
Duncan approached the Duns RFC committee to ask whether a collection might be taken at the final home match of the season in aid of Help for Heroes, and the committee had no hesitation in agreeing to such a worthwhile cause.
A number of the players suggested doing a car wash on the morning of the match, and the club donated the gate money from the fixture at home to Ross High on March 3 to the fund.
A raffle was held in the clubrooms afterwards, and Help for Heroes wristbands were sold at a disco held in the clubrooms that evening.
Taken together with sponsorship money pledged by Duncan’s team-mates for his ‘Toon-to-Town’ cycle challenge, the day raised close to a magnificent £1,000.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the charity can do so by going to www.bmycharity.com/toontotown3