Fundraising in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald

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Last Saturday evening at Well Hall a full house gathered to take part in a fundraising quiz night in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald. Anthony, who played rugby for Blackheath for 13 years, from the U6s to the U18s, tragically passed away last November aged just 18.  Compered brilliantly by Emily Rutter the evening was a huge success as not only did over 180 people have a good time, the nights objectives were also exceeded.

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The evening raised an amazing £8,000 for C-R-Y – Cardiac Risk In The Young, the charity chosen by Anthony’s family – parents Noel and Alison and his sisters Laura and Marie. This is the first of what will become a series of ongoing events, in Anthony’s memory, to support the invaluable work of C-R-Y, and Blackheath Rugby will continue to work closely with the Fitzgerald’s and the charity to make these happen.

Plans in development include further quiz nights, a summer sevens tournament and an annual U20’s floodlit memorial match.  The goal is to raise funds for C-R-Y’s research programme and to introduce their screening programme for heart problems in all our young players as we seek to prevent a similar tragedy in the future.

The first screening dates have been booked and are scheduled for this summer on 12th and 13th August, which also coincides with the 2nd of our warm games for the 2017/18 season, which will be played against our oldest of rivals Richmond.  The screening is non-invasive and painless, and is for all young people between the ages of 14 & 35.

We will continue to work with the Fitzgerald’s and C-R-Y to plan the future events, all of which will be publicised on the Club website, via  Twitter and through emails to the membership closer to the time.

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Tim Brindle

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