This International Women’s Day we celebrated our fantastic nation-wide injured players, staff, supporters, fundraisers and allies who help us to create an equal society which is free from bias, stereotypes and discrimination.

Rugby Football Union (RFU) President His Honour Jeff Blackett and his wife Sally will walk 150 miles during a 15 day nationwide tour this autumn to raise money for the Injured Players Foundation (IPF) as part of the RFU’s official 150th Anniversary celebrations. 

Catastrophically injured playing rugby having just returned as an Army captain from a tour of Afghanistan, Tom Hughes has set off on his accessible catamaran Artemis to sail the world, having planned the trip for six years. 

This World OT Day our resident Occupational Therapist Caroline Searight has discussed the changes made over the last 6 months and the powerful impact that has been achieved.

They should have been cheered on by thousands as the London Marathon took place through the streets of the capital.

Instead, four intrepid heroes were waved off by World Rugby chairman, Bill Beaumont, to complete 26.2 miles around Kendal Rugby Club’s first team pitch. Three of them were in wheelchairs and all four were fundraising for the RFU Injured Players Foundation.

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  • KJ's Story

    "There wasn’t a single day that the IPF and the club weren’t there for me. It has made me appreciate rugby even more.”

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  • Jamie's Story

    “Life is not the same as it was but a million times better than it could have been."

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  • Jack's Story

    "The most important thing has been the personal approach, the IPF became our extended family.”

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