RFU Area 4 staff, including Rugby Development Officers and Community Rugby Coaches, are raising money for the RFU Injured Players Foundation throughout 2016, recently completing their biggest challenge to date, the Three Peaks Challenge.
Having already entered a sevens team in the SRG Beach Sevens Tournament at Peterborough RFC, where they finished as runners up in a competitive Social Cup, and having won Wellingborough RFC's first Inland Beach Rugby Tournament playing as the IPF Team, the RFU Staff climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdownia in 24 hours in support of the charity.
They raised over £2,300 to support the excellent work that the IPF carry out to support rugby players at all levels who, while playing the game, sustain catastrophic spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries, and to fund vital injury prevention research to benefit everyone playing rugby.
Said Norfolk RDO Sam Carpenter: "The national three peaks was certainly he hardest physical challenge that I have undertaken. We were blessed with the weather, which did bring its own difficulties. It's the first time I have climbed in Wasdale and Snowdownia without rain, but to visit both on a clear sunny day was unbelievable, it was even dry in Scotland! I would like to thank those who have supported us and their kind donations. As a team we managed to raise over £2,300, for a great cause."
The team will continue their efforts to increase the profile and awareness of the IPF among the community game throughout the 16-17 season and will be hosting curry and quiz nights at clubs in the region, as well as taking on other challenges to raise vital funds to support the charity's work. To sponsor the team visit their Just giving page.