- Test star supports Blackburn RFC charity
- Greenwood urges Rugby Union folk to back brave George
Rugby World Cup winner Will Greenwood has backed a fundraising effort for a 15-year-old Blackburn Rugby Union player who was paralysed during a freak rugby accident by becoming Honorary President of The George Claxton Trust.
Greenwood, whose father and former England captain Dick Greenwood played for Blackburn, said: “I was brought up on the touchlines of a variety of rugby clubs: Rugby Roma, Preston Grasshoppers, and of course the mighty Blackburn.
“They gave me some of my fondest memories of rugby. Playing with pals, not a care in the world, just fun, laughter, mud, baths, and later, beers. So it's with great sadness, but also great resolve, optimism and rugby spirit that we must now join together and support a Blackburn lad who needs our help. One of us.
“The tragic accident that left George in a wheelchair is now long since done. There is little to change that. However, his fight for life is on-going and will continue every second of every day. It will be a tough road. We cannot hide away from that.
"But already he has shown us he is up for the fight, that he is ready to dig in and make those hard yards, to keep loving the sport he once graced. It is now our time to stand and fight with him. Through our support, be it emotional or financial, we can help George and his father build a life together.”
The St Wilfrid’s CE Academy pupil was playing for the Blackburn RUFC Under 15s when he was hurt making a tackle.
“For much of my life, Will has been an idol of mine and to even know he is aware of me is unbelievable," said George. "The fact that people are taking their time out to volunteer, donate and support the trust is so special in itself and I’ll never be able to express my thanks to him and everyone who is getting involved.”
Greenwood added: “If George was next to you on a rugby field he would have your inside shoulder, he would be over you in the ruck, he would look after you. Away from the rugby field, we must now be there for him. I ask you to give with all your generosity, to give whatever you can, to help a young man in need. George is one of us and will always be. We must never forget that.”
To support George or obtain information on fundraising projects contact www.georgeclatontrust.com