Andrew Thumwood

Merton RFC Does the 3 Peaks

Fundraising for Shooting Star Children's Hospices
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Participants: Neil Quinn, Andrew Thumwood, Michael Thumwood, Freddy Thumwood, Jack Canniff, Guy Bunting, Kieran Hayhoe, Connor Hayhoe, Liam Hayhoe, Dave Boyce, Dave Kingston, Tom Wild, Dave Poynter, Ed Barros
We care for babies, children & young people to help make every moment count



24 hours, 25 miles walked, over 3,000 feet climbed, 1350 milesdriven, 3 mountains, 2 foot of snow, 60 pies and pasties eaten, 219 sore toes, 22 sore feet and legs, 11 chaffed bums and, once finished, nearly 200 pints of beer consumed.

It was tough, very tough and at times we we doubted we could make it but we did and we made it in time.

Thanks to you all for supporting us and the charity and for helping make the difference and rest assured we really did earn it!



We are a group of 15 current and retired rugby players who are members of Merton RFC based in the Morden area and aside from rolling around in mud with 29 other dirty men, showering, drinking, touring and signing together we realised that we didn't do too much else.

It was promptly decided that we simply had to set ourselves a challenge and try to raise funds to give something back to the local community which we have regularly terrorised on a Friday and Saturday night for the last 40 years (Chris, Jack and Tom).

We took our inspiration from a fellow ex player who has spent the last couple of years running marathons, moonwalking up Kilimanjaro as well as scaling the 3 peaks and felt that if we could achieve a fraction of what he has and raise money for a deserving cause then the door to heaven may be ajar once more.

We have chosen "Shooting Star Chase" who are a childrens hospice service caring for local families with a child or teenager with a life-limiting condition as they work locally to our club between the areas of Croydon, Guildford and Kingston (and further afield).

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About the charity

Shooting Star Children's Hospices is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, we are here to make every moment count.

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