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Record rugby game raises £75,000
8:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
A RECORD-breaking rugby union game organised by a Runcorn man has raised £75,000 for charity.
Alan Knell’s latest fundraiser for Scotty’s Little Soldiers which supports children of Armed Forces personnel killed in action saw a charity team take on a team from HM forces.
The match broke the record for the longest game by 15 minutes with 44 players enduring 24 hours and 50 minutes of continuous play.
Alan, aged 33 of Palacefields, said: “We set out to raise £20,000 which we thought was a bit ambitious and it just snowballed out of control and got bigger and bigger. To raise that much was fantastic.”
The dad-of-three got involved with the charity after leaving the Royal Navy where he worked detecting sea mines.
“When I left the Navy, I decided to run a marathon and I was looking for a charity to support when I came across Scotty’s. It is the family that have to pick up the pieces when someone is lost and I just wanted to try and make them smile,” Alan said.
The amount raised by the match will pay for a quarter of cabin that a family of a fallen soldier can stay in.
Alan, a G4S insurance claims investigator, said: “We might have been able to play a bit longer, but one of the players got quite a serious back injury, so as we’d just beaten the record we decided to bring it to an end and not put anyone else at risk.”
The record for the highest score was also broken with the winners, HM forces, scoring 1,742 - nearly treble the previous record - to 828.
Alan said: “I was going to play in the match before it got so big and then all these massive players signed up who would have just knocked me straight out.”
The G4S-sponsored match was played at Welford Road, the home of Leicester Tigers, on May 31.
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