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Damian Hopley

Trekking and cycling for Restart Rugby

Trekking and cycling to help injured rugby players for Restart because My colleagues made me do it..

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  • Team members: Charlie Hodgson, Ed Jackson, Ugo Monye
  • Event: The Restart Rugby Alpine Trek, 09 Sep 2018 to 12 Sep 2018


We develop and fund programmes to support ill or injured rugby players

Charity Registration No. 1113160


In September 2018, I am undertaking 2 tough challenges to support Restart Rugby, the official charity of the Rugby Players Association (RPA).

First up is the Alpine Trek, in association with RISE and I am joining a group of 20+ like minded masochists including former England and Lions star, Charlie Hodgson as well as the incredible Ed Jackson who has made a miraculous recovering from a severe spinal injury. 

On Tuesday 11th September we conquered Mont Buet, standing at 10, 000 feet, twice the height of Ben Nevis AND Martin Bayfield, staying in refuges along the way. The summit provides breath taking views of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc and it was one of the most exhilarating adventures to date!

Our focus now turns to the Velo South in 9 days time. I am dusting off my bike and joining England and Lions star Ugo Monye, Charlie Hodgson (again) and we will ride 100 miles in a day and probably not be able to walk or sit down for weeks. I haven't been on a bike for many years, so am wincing at the prospect.

The charity supports our members and their families who have suffered serious injury, illness or hardship and any support you can give to this trek is very gratefully received.

Many thanks in advance for any support you can give :) 

Bon courage mes braves!

Damian x

Restart Rugby is the official charity of the Rugby Player's Association and is dedicated to supporting professional players suffering from serious injury, illness or hardship. 

Our players give everything for club and country but thier lives can change in an instant. Should the worst happen, 

Restart Rugby is there to provide financial, practical and emotional support, helping with the cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation and career transition. We also provide a counselling serivice for players and their families during their darkest times.


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