Weʼre raising £10,000 to contribute to causes close to Ian Michael Williams' heart, keeping his legacy alive and continuing his impact on the world.
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Ian Williams (27) was a talented tight-head prop following his dream of being a professional rugby union player. He collapsed on 20th February 2018 whilst training for English Championship club Doncaster Knights, and, despite the best efforts of his teammates and the emergency response team, he could not be resuscitated.
Known as a gentle giant (unless you happened to be facing him in the pack!) Ian was well respected and liked by all his teammates, and will always be remembered with much affection.
For those who may not have known him, he was very much more than the popular perception of the average prop forward. He was also a talented musician and had a keen interest in literature and history, but there is no doubt that rugby was his passion and his raison d'être.
Starting as a mini at Havant on the south coast, he played in and with a variety of clubs throughout school and into adulthood. His time at university afforded him the opportunity to be one of only two men to have played in BOTH the English and Welsh Varsity matches: playing in three for Swansea University against Cardiff at the Liberty and Millennium stadiums, before continuing his post-graduate studies at Oxford, where he quickly earned his first Dark Blue as part of the legendary pack that annihilated Cambridge in 2013. He went on to score a try in the 2014 43-6 triumph, and helped seal the record number of wins in 2015. He also represented Wales Students on more than one occasion.
His time studying at an end (for now!), he was determined to pursue rugby as a profession, and it was this dream he was realising when he died.
As we - his parents Pippa and Phil, and sister Helen - continue to come to terms with losing him, we continue to be overwhelmed by the love and support from all corners of the globe. It has become clear that to whatever degree people knew/had come across/or simply heard of Ian, he was - and is - recognised as a kind-hearted, driven and generous man. In an address he made on leaving Sherborne School he recognised how lucky he had been to have had not only opportunities but also second chances to pursue his dreams, and advised those younger boys coming up through school behind him to grab such opportunities should they be given them. He always believed in people's potential and in striving for the best, and it was always his intention to use his own successes to facilitate this for others.
We feel it is both fitting, and of some small comfort, to establish something in his name that will not only commemorate his life, but create some sort of lasting legacy that recognises the impact he had on those around him. We are keen on creating a foundation in Ian's name, but are not entirely sure how this would look and do not want to make such decisions in haste. We have, however, let this possibility dictate our initial fundraising goal of £5,000 which is the minimum required to obtain charitable status. All donations, including those in lieu of flowers at his funeral or memorial services, will be gratefully received, acknowledged, and administered as we believe Ian would have chosen.
It is our hope that Ian's legacy and impact on the world will go on.
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Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018
Good luck to all doing the Wigan 10k, supporting Abi and such a good cause. Special mention for the ASU therapists running! 🏃🏃🏼♀️ Go Jo and Nigel!!
Aug 13, 2018
Keep going Abi! Good luck to you all xxx
Aug 12, 2018
Good luck to all the team at the Wigan 10k x
Jun 18, 2018
Proceeds from the OURFC shirts worn on Saturday, well done boys on your contributions.
Jun 16, 2018
Thinking of the Williams Family and Abi today. Sending love and support x
Jun 15, 2018
Hope tomorrow goes well and sorry I can't be there. Lots of love to all the Williams' xxx
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I am, and always will be, an immensely proud big sister, with the most extraordinary “little” brother. It was a privilege to call him a friend as well as my brother. It’s a loss that will change me forever, but I’d rather that than never having had him with us at all.
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