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Joe Sandford Thank You Charity Rugby Day

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Joseph Sandford

Day of Rugby and Fun in support of Headway East Sussex and The Matt Hampson Foundation at Heathfield and Waldron RFC Saturday August 26th.

Raising money for multiple charities

Total raised



Donations accepted until 26-11-2017

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Last year while in New Zealand on a rugby scholarship I had a car crash in which I sustained a serious head injury resulting in some brain damage, a broken neck and back, dislocated shoulder, fractured pelvis, and a ruptured spleen and diaphragm.  The latest version of the popular game "Operation" has a model of me in the box.  The specialists in the critical care unit in Auckland Hospital told my parents that I had a less than 5% chance of having any significant quality of life IF I recovered.  But thanks to outstanding rehab in NZ, the love, support and encouragement from friends and family and a lot of sheer hard work and positivity from me, I am now working 4 days a week, playing sport, driving, training and coaching.  I celebrated the anniversary of the accident on July 3rd with a skydive from 12,000 feet. Why? Because I could!  I refuse to be defined by my accident and will always work to be the best that I can be at whatever I do.
This last year has been difficult on many levels; that said, I'm really aware that I've been very fortunate, and I'm appreciative of the fact that I can utilise my "second life" to help a couple of charities close to my heart.

Event details

Rugby and Community Fun Day

It's a family community fun day based around rugby but designed to be all inclusive.  We've got local rugby sides coming to play "friendlies", a ladies 7s match, a speed pass centre, a massage tent, bouncy castle, face painting and sponge throwing for the kids, barbecue, pizzas, ice creams, a cake stall, all day bar, and live music in the evening.
We have some amazing prizes in the raffle, including Skydiving and Hot Air Balloon vouchers, 2 tickets for the Kooks in Brighton, a weekend for 2 in Bournemouth, 2 tickets for a Saracens home game, personal training sessions at Govers Gym, fine dining experiences at Cau and The Bar and Grill Tunbridge Wells,  The Old Star Heathfield, The Avergavenny Arms, The Bear Burwash.  And lots more coming in the next fortnight.  
The day is intended as a thank you for your support last year and a celebration of our club, our sport, and our wider community.  If it turns into a party at any point, so be it.  We'll go with the flow.
So come along, enjoy the day, meet friends old and new and help Joe to help two great charities, as all proceeds will be divided equally between Headway East Sussex and the Matt Hampson Foundation.

Event date

26-August-2017 11:00  - 
26-August-2017 23:00

Event type

Rugby and Celebrations

Event is completed


Heathfield & Waldron Rugby Club Hardy Roberts Recreational Ground,
East Sussex,
TN21 0SN,


Good on ya Joe!
Donation by Tom Dutch Direct
on 12-09-2017
£5.00 gift aid
cash raised on Joe Sandford Rugby Day
Donation by Jane Snow
on 03-09-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 03-09-2017
£43.74 gift aid
keep up the good work mate. Best wishes Julian
Donation by Julian Frank
on 03-09-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Donation by Simon Jenner ( A C Jenner & Son)
on 29-08-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Hope you had a great day
Donation by Ashdown Solutions Ltd
on 29-08-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Alex Benson
on 29-08-2017
£62.50 gift aid
Well done Joe
Donation by Anonymous
on 27-08-2017
£87.50 gift aid
Two great causes. Best of luck in achieving the target
Donation by Anonymous
on 26-08-2017
£7.50 gift aid
Donation by Chris sydenham
on 25-08-2017
£12.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £5,057.50
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £5,057.50
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £5,436.24

Donations closed

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