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£660raised of £1,750 target by 15 supporters

    Weʼve raised £660 to help fund a trip to Australia playing for England Deaf Rugby charity team, in the first ever World Deaf Rugby 7's! #raisingawareness #edru

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    Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Tuesday, 19th December 2017

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    So you didn't know I had hearing loss? Me either! That was until the age of 21 when I failed the selection weekend to join the TA based on the lack lustre results of my hearing test...and lo and behold I was finally referred to the consultant to find out why for the past 10 years I had struggled at school, college and university and was told off for being disruptive....well maybe I was a little disruptive and still am sometimes... mainly when someone else is talking and I don't realise or when I'm being told to do something at rugby training!

    So instead of sulking about it, I threw myself into my rugby career accelerated through the ranks from club player, county player, regional academy player and then I heard about an organisation, a charity called England Deaf Rugby Union (EDRU).

    EDRU didn't have a womens team when I first heard about it but we soon spread the word and I am one of the original players who formed that first team. I worked alongside the current captain and management to help build the team as it is today.

    For me, I have found EDRU to be a place of support, I have made some really close friends which are for life, I talk about my hearing issues with the other girls who always have advice if needed. Sometimes its hard to talk about stuff like that with your hearing friends as they just don't understand what it can be like. Its great to share a story and some of the outcomes where people haven't heard what someone has said properly are just hilarious!

    For us to send a team of women under the name of EDRU to the first ever World Deaf 7's event in Sydney next April would just be fantastic. It would speak volumes (even if most of us cant hear them!!) about how far we have come as a team, how far disability has come in sport and be an outstanding achievement for the management team and players.

    Please donate as much or little as you can to help our dream come true and to give younger girls a team of role models (deaf ones!) to aspire to!

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    • Bex Francis6 months ago
      Bex Francis

      Bex Francis

      6 months ago

      OMG I just want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone that has donated so far!!! You are literally changing my life right now and allowing me to do something I never thought I would do!!! <3

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    15

    • Richard "Juggler" Austin

      Richard "Juggler" Austin

      Dec 15, 2017

      Good luck in Australia. This is a fantastic rugby opportunity for you. Juggler

      £50.00

    • Michelle Savill

      Michelle Savill

      Dec 1, 2017

      £10.00

    • Ivor Smith

      Ivor Smith

      Aug 31, 2017

      Good luck Bex. Great opportunity for you and team. Well deserved selection. Congratulations.

      £30.00

    • Graham Perrin

      Graham Perrin

      Aug 30, 2017

      Well done Bex !Have fun !!

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 30, 2017

      Well done and good luck!

    • Melita Sheppard

      Melita Sheppard

      Aug 30, 2017

      Good luck. Have a wonderful trip

      £5.00

    • Sue Geer

      Sue Geer

      Aug 30, 2017

      Good luck, Bex & all the team!!!

      £10.00

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    Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom

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