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Alastair Hignell

Alastair Hignell

Alastair Hignell – aka Higgy – enjoyed two top-level careers in sport, as an England rugby player and a Gloucestershire cricketer. When forced to retire from his playing days at an early age due to injury, Higgy went on to develop a hugely successful career as a sports broadcaster for ITV and the BBC.

But at the age of 43, he was diagnosed with a progressive and incurable form of MS, which eventually forced him into medical retirement in 2008. Alastair went on to create his own charity – Higgy’s Heroes – inspiring others to raise funds for MS therapy and research.

“Rugby has always been a very important part of my life, both as a player and as a commentator. Support from Restart helped me with rising medical costs and physiotherapy. This kind of help is a lifeline and can make a huge difference to the lives of past, present and future players.”