Publish date: 21 June 2021

Warrington Rugby Union Football Club raised over £2600 for Warrington and Halton Hospitals’ Charity by completing a sponsored virtual round-trip to Twickenham – the home of Rugby Union.

The two day, socially distanced event took place on the weekend of the 28th and 29th November 2020 and saw hundreds of club members and their families cover a distance of over 5000 miles. Participants walked, ran, jogged, cycled or scootered in their age groups. Each squad covered 406 miles, the equivalent of a trip from Grappenhall to Twickenham and back. Dave Evans, a coach at the club came up with the idea as a way to maintain communication and team spirit during lockdowns while raising money for a good cause. He said: “Once the idea was put to the club everyone was 100% behind it, they couldn’t wait to get involved.
“Everyone at the club was amazing at gathering momentum for this to happen.
“In the end more than 600 people including players, coaches, parents, family members and club members took part.”

Every age group of the club, from Micros (under 6) to the senior team, was involved and all age groups completed the trip.
Helen Higginson, Head of Fundraising at Warrington Hospital said: “Support such as this truly means the world.
“This donation helps WHH Charity continue their work to provide the additional comforts, care and experience for the direct benefit of our patients and their families beyond which the NHS is able to provide.”

The club restarted their training on 29 March and the coaches can’t wait to see their players getting back to competitive games in the near future.