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Cancer victim organises rugby match to raise charity cash
4:44pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A SALES manager who has recently recovered from cancer is celebrating converting a fundraising idea into an rugby match which raised £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Colin Lucas, of reproduction services firm Genus, led an Agricultural Industry XV, which included farmers, staff from surveying firm GSC Grays, a vet and potato merchant, against a Wensleydale Rugby Club team in Leyburn.
Following a fiercely contested match, the farming team won 37-22 with Rob Bellerby, a dairy farmer from near Stokesley, being named man of the match after scoring four tries.
Mr Lucas, who played fly-half, said he was keen to add his support to the hard work and dedication shown by the Macmillan Cancer Support team.
He said: “I wanted to put a bit back to the Macmillan guys after they looked after me so well, albeit only for a small time.
"My friends, farming clients and colleagues at Genus have really got into the spirit of things and we could probably have put two teams out. We just need to keep our unbeaten record when we play Driffield in May. To have raised over £500 on the night is tremendous.”
It is hoped the fixture will be played again next year.
To donate, visit justgiving.com/teams/GSCGraysFundraising2013 or https://www.justgiving.com/Colinlucas
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