For the Players
For the game

King’s Rochester raises over £20,000 for Restart Rugby

October 3rd, 2013

Staff, parents and pupils at King’s Rochester have raised over £20,000 to support injured rugby players.

The school chose Restart Rugby as its charity of the year and has been fundraising on our behalf throughout 2013. The highlight of the fundraising calendar was a Sporting Gala Dinner in March, attended by stars from the world of rugby, cricket, hockey, football and athletics.

Former England A and Saracens player, Alex Bennett, represented Restart Rugby on the night. Alex suffered a serious neck injury in 2012 while playing for his local team, Lymm RFC. After an initial period of total paralysis, Alex made a remarkable recovery, helped by support from Restart Rugby.

“The care and support I have received from medical professionals, friends and family since sustaining my injury has been nothing short of amazing, and the reaction of the rugby world in particular has been humbling,” said Alex.

“I am determined to put something back into the game which I have loved for so long and which never fails to show its love for its family. I am so grateful to everyone at King’s for their efforts in supporting Restart Rugby, and especially to those who worked so hard to organise the Sports Dinner.”

One of those organisers, Lisa Rogers, last night presented Alex with a cheque to Restart Rugby for £21,800. England stars Dylan Hartley and James Haskell were on hand to receive the donation at a boxing dinner to honour former Bath player, David Flatman, who is also supporting Restart Rugby for his Testimonial Year.

We are enormously grateful to everyone at King’s Rochester for their fantastic donation, which will make a huge difference to players supported by Restart Rugby.