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Jarrow’s MP Stephen Hepburn is to get behind his local rugby Club, Jarrovians RUFC, in a major fundraising event. Club Chairman, Brian Berry, recruited Mr Hepburn, a former Jarrovian player, to get involved and climb one of the 214 Wainwright peaks of the Lake District.
The rugby club decided to raise money for a worthwhile cause and Club Captain, Brian Shaw, could think of none better than the Help For Heroes charity. The charity gives practical, direct support to injured service personnel. Regardless of political beliefs the rugby club wish to express their thanks and give support to our brave servicemen and women, who have been injured in recent conflicts.
Initially a straight forward ascent of Hellvelyn, or Scafell Pike was considered but Jarrovians decided to take it one step further and climb all 214 Wainwright peaks in one day. This will entail walking 535 miles with 40,650 meters of ascent and is obviously a huge logistical challenge.
Event co-ordinators Dave McLeod and Dave Hill have identified 59 routes of varying length and severity which encompass all of the fells and are confident they can get the numbers to succeed. The intention is to have a Club member, either current or past, stand on every Wainwright fell on Saturday 18th June 2011.
Each walker will raise sponsorship money individually but Jarrovian’s president Andy Wood also wants to involve the whole of the Northeast rugby union. Confident of the generosity and spirit of the rugby community, an appeal will be made to all of the Clubs in Durham and Northumberland to host a collecting tin and get behind the Jarrovians challenge.
The recruitment of walkers is going well but Jarrovians wish to involve former Club members and appeal to interested parties to come forward and take up the challenge. More details can be found on the Club’s website on the RFU pages or facebook. Or contact Club secretary Bryan McCoy on firstname.lastname@example.org.