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Weʼre raising £100,000 to to help find a cure for Multiple System Atrophy in the name of Welsh rugby legend, British Lion and Bridgend RFC great Gareth Williams (Sam)

Bridgend, UK

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Prior to being struck down with Multiple System Atrophy our father, Gareth Williams (Sam) epitomised everything the word MAN could. He was a giant of a man in every sense of the word, a true legend on the rugby field.....the type of man everyone dreams of emulating.

This was a man that despite being born in Bedlinog who had the blue and white stripes of Bridgend RFC through his core. It's no understatement to say he bled blue and white. Making 507 appearances in the blue and white strip he scored a record 133 tries, totalling 532 points for the club....a record (for a forward) that still stands to this day and is unlikely to ever be beaten.

He was capped by Wales on five occasions during the early Eighties and perhaps his biggest sporting achievement came during the 1980 British & Irish tour of South Africa where despite being uncapped at the time he was called out to the tour, playing in six games where the Lions were undefeated!

Sadly this debilitating condition took dad from us on the 12th May 2018 at the tender age of 63, far too young. He will rightly be remembered for his sporting prowess and in the days and weeks since his passing he's been described as a gentleman, a legend, an inspiration to name a few but to us, as a family, we remember the warrior, the courageous man we saw after his diagnosis, never taking a backward step, never faltering or complaining.....that's the man that sums him up. A gentleman, a warrior and a legend.......our father.......Sam.

Dad built his own sporting legacy, squeezing more into his 63 years than most do within a lifetime. We now plan to continue that legacy, raising money for the charity that aims to find a cure for the condition that ultimately took his life (MSA Trust)

Initially we're encouraging people to participate in 10k in memory of dad, be that by walking, running, swimming or crawling. We've had medals designed for every participant and have set entries at £15. Once you've signed up (deadline is the 31st August 2018) please email us your details so we know where to send your medal - email, DM us on Twitter @sam571msa or contact us on facebook - Sam571

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  • Mark Williams5 months ago
    Mark Williams

    Mark Williams

    5 months ago

    Over the moon with the fundraising efforts to date......with Bridgend Athletic RFC having 23 participants we’ve really stepped up a gear with the fundraising Thanks also to The Ospreys and Bridgend RFC who allowed us to hold a bucket collection at Saturdays game between the Ospreys & Northampton Saints while opening Sam’s Bar in dedication of the big man The bucket collection raised in excess of £300 taking us to just over £2000

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  • Mark Williams6 months ago
    Mark Williams

    Mark Williams

    6 months ago

    We've just passed the £1000 mark for fundraising which is an incredible milestone for our fundraising efforts........huge thanks to everyone involved so far with special mentions to Nikki Sutton, Vale Utd FC, Glamorgan County RFC and Rugby World Magazine who have today published our cause in their magazine Entries for the 10k are still open for one more month....tell your friends, families, colleagues and encourage everyone to come together in remembering the big man

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  • Mark Williams6 months ago
    Mark Williams

    Mark Williams

    6 months ago

    Some fantastic support so far for the Virtual 10K - Remember to follow us on Twitter @Sam571MSA The Barbarians and South Wales Police Chief Constable Matt Jukes are behind us and sharing the challenge on social media. Vale United FC and Bridgend Athletic RFC have committed to taking part in the challenge as part of their pre season sessions so we're hoping for a large number of sign ups from that alone. We're also encouraging other sporting teams to follow suit. Rugby World Magazine have also agreed to run a feature in their magazine

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Page last updated on: 11/9/2018 6:49 PM



  • Gareth Jones

    Gareth Jones

    Nov 9, 2018

    A courageous player and man.


  • Steve Ling

    Steve Ling

    Sep 15, 2018

    Sorry it's late, I'll fit the 10k in soon


  • Debra Manning

    Debra Manning

    Sep 13, 2018

    £25 given to us on our awareness walk today from other walkers


  • Jamie Murphy

    Jamie Murphy

    Sep 10, 2018


  • Steve Lyons

    Steve Lyons

    Sep 7, 2018

    Awesome idea.


  • Nia Williams

    Nia Williams

    Sep 3, 2018

    Donation for Marnie Muir; Given to me in cash


  • Wayne Barrington

    Wayne Barrington

    Sep 2, 2018

    A brilliant way of remembering a world class player and good friend!


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Mark Williams

Mark Williams

Bridgend, UK

As a family we lost dad on the 12th May 2018. The touching messages received and the outpouring of love for the man we saw as 'just dad' but others saw as a sporting great, a warrior and a gentleman have encouraged us to step up the fundraising

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