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Derby Match Hull FC V Hull Kingston Rovers 20th July 2008

One of the memorable events of Hull FC’s support of Rugby Tackling Teenage Cancer in 2008 was the local derby match, held at the KC Stadium on Sunday 20th July.

The Stadium Management allowed us to have a bucket collection which raised in excess of £2,000.00.  We understand that this was a record for of such an event at the KC.

The “bucketeers” i.e. those wielding the collecting buckets, crossed the East/West divide.  The Rovers supporters amongst them are very keen to promote Rugby Tackling Teenage Cancer at Craven Park in the future.

Healthy rivalry between the clubs can only be an advantage to our charity. Rugby Tackling Teenage Cancer started in Hull and it would be brilliant to have both of our Superleague teams on board.

 Cheques being presented at the derby match 

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Chris and Greg Lound are pictured presenting Skipton Building Society’s cheque to Tony Sutton the financial director of Hull FC. David Brazier with Carole Headley presenting her cheque from the money she raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust from her fantastic fire walk.

We are grateful to CASE, Dove House and the Red Cross who generously lent us buckets to supplement our own.  We are also grateful to our friends and colleagues who helped us on the day.   We are sure that all went away with happy reminders of the day - even if the score was not satisfactory to all!!

At half-time, there was a cross bar kicking competition.  Amongst the competitors were Chris and Gregg Lound.  Chris has more of an insight than most with regard to the Teenage Cancer Trust, having suffered a rare blood disorder, aplastic anaemia, when he was 12 years old.  Although this illness is not actually cancer, it is a very close relation and Chris had treatment at the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at Leeds.

Chris’ life was actually saved by his brother Greg, whose bone marrow was a perfect match.  This is very motivating and has inspired many young rugby players to offer their bone marrow to help others.

Please see the article which Joanna Hunter published in the Hull Daily Mail prior to the match.  This report raised the profile of the aims of our charity.  We were really pleased about the interest  in the article. 

Although none of the competitors actual hit the cross bar, we are pleased to report that the sponsors agreed that the “near miss” was good enough and a substantial amount of money was raised to add to the day’s total.

Chris and Greg are pictured presenting Skipton Building Society’s cheque, to Tony Sutton, the financial director of Hull FC

Tony was also pleased to receive a cheque from Carole Headley.  Carole, who has her business, THE HEALING HUT in Cottingham, conquered her fears when she did a fire-walk for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

As a reflexologist she knows a great deal about feet but was very pleased that her own did not require repair following the fire-walk!

She actually found this challenge a very inspiring experience.  She has been a fabulous supporter of the Teenage Cancer Trust since the start and is always ready to rise to any challenge to raise money for the charity.      

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