- Rugby ball to be passed non-stop for 14 hours
- Fund-raising effort for Ruislip RFC family member
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Ruislip RFC in Middlesex will host a special charity event on Friday, December 18 in aid of the Robyn Higgins Trust.
London Wasps and England players Tom Rees and Joe Worsley, and England Sevens coach Ben Ryan, will be among those taking part in the 14-hour ‘Pass to Pass Some Cash’ to raise funds to send Robyn Higgins, the seven-year-old daughter of a Ruislip Under-11 team coach, to America for cancer treatment costing the family in excess of £300,000.
Between 10am and midnight on Friday, in one of dozens of events supporting the fund-raising bid, a rugby ball is going to be passed non-stop for 14 hours, with Robyn’s dad Greg initially joined by two of his friends from his playing days at Richmond in passing the ball.
As they may be a little rusty they have enlisted the help of a few experts including Rees, Worsley, Ryan and London Irish flanker Declan Danaher. In fact every one who comes along to the club on Friday will be asked to pass the ball.
There will be plenty of other activities to amuse the kids and adults ranging from go-karting, bungee runs and other inflatables to arts and crafts and face-painting in the warmth of the clubhouse. The Ruislip first XV are running a crossbar challenge, and hot food and drinks will be available all day, the bar will be open and mulled wine and mince pies will be on sale.
There are prizes up for auction, including several of which have attracted a lot of attention, particularly the rugby ball signed by the entire current New Zealand All Blacks squad and the signed boxing gloves belonging to David Haye, WBA Heavyweight Champion.
In May this year Robyn, who has family membership of Ruislip RFC, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma which is a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer. To increase her chances of survival the family believe it is crucial she benefits from preventative antibody treatment only available in the Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital in New York.
All support and donations are welcome, for more information go to www.robynhiggins.com or phone Greg Higgins on 07957 150787, Susan Howells on 01923 821308 or Ronnie Barry, RFU Middlesex RDO on 07764 336718.