Flood victims and Macmillan Cancer are the focus for charity rugby team’s final match

Organisers Colin Lucas and Phil Scott-Priestley

A long-running agricultural charity rugby team is hoping to bow out having raised over £20,000 for local causes.

After recovering from cancer, Colin Lucas of Genus, was keen to support the hard work and dedication shown to him by his local Macmillan Cancer Support team. He joined forces with local business GSC Grays to create the Agricultural Industry XV rugby team.

The charity match, held as a pre-season friendly, has been running for the past six years against Wensleydale Rugby Club and the match has raised over £15,000 to date.

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For this final match on the 29th August they are aiming to raise £5,000 which will be split between the flood-hit local communities and the local Macmillan Cancer Support group.

Organisers Colin Lucas and Phil Scott-Priestley from GSC Grays, have played every year but felt it was time to hang up their boots.

GSC Grays has set up Just Giving pages for those who wish to donate, and are also accepting donations for the charity auction which will be held on the night.

Last year’s charity rugby match

Mr Scott-Priestley said: “Whilst we have supported Macmillan since the inaugural game and continue to do so, we felt it was important to split the proceeds this year and help the local communities devastated by the recent floods too.

“We’re aiming to bow out in style and would encourage anyone to come down, enjoy the BBQ and a beer and cheer on some slightly aged rugby players doing their bit for the local community”

Mr Lucas said: “It is a fantastic match and great to support local charities. The series is tied at three games each and so it would be great to go out on a high.”

Kick off is at 7pm on Thursday 29 August and with the score tied at three games apiece, this final match looks set to offer a nail biting conclusion.

Just Giving pages for those who wish to donate:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gsc-graysrugby

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gsc-graysconvertingtacklestofunds