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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 sam571msa@outlook.com, DM us on Twitter @sam571msa or contact us on facebook - Sam571

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  • Mark Williams8 days ago
    Mark Williams

    Mark Williams

    8 days ago

    Had a little difficulty today after seeing another fundraising story......a gent trying to raise £500 for his father, an MSA sufferer, to have a hoist to allow him to get into the car and maintain his independence I wanted to pay out of our funds but unfortunately MSA Trust we’re reluctant due to beaurocracy As such we weren’t able to do that as the funds raised to date (£2000 minus the cost of medals) has been pledged to them As of now (and that amount) I’m opening it up further to MSA charities & sufferers (if we can help we will)

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  • Mark Williams8 days ago
    Mark Williams

    Mark Williams

    8 days 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 Williams22 days ago
    Mark Williams

    Mark Williams

    22 days 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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Page last updated on: 8/19/2018 4:19 PM

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72

  • Mike Williams

    Mike Williams

    Aug 19, 2018

    10k will be done in the next week.

    £15.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 14, 2018

  • Victoria Morgan

    Victoria Morgan

    Aug 14, 2018

    £15.00

  • John Morgan

    John Morgan

    Aug 13, 2018

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 12, 2018

  • Stuart Parfitt

    Stuart Parfitt

    Aug 11, 2018

    £15.00

  • Megan Apsee

    Megan Apsee

    Aug 11, 2018

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    £15.00

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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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