Pembo's run for the RFU Injured Players Foundation
I am running the London Marathon for RFU Injured Players Foundation because I want to help players who've been less fortunate
The RFU Injured Players Foundation supports & protects the rugby family. They provide support to any rugby player who sustains a catastrophic spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury while playing the game, and they fund vital injury prevention research to keep everyone safer on the field.
Charity Registration No. 1122139
More recently, when I finished playing, to maintain my involvement, I took up refereeing. I am a member of the Manchester society and I referee at level 6, with most of my games in North West 1. Taking up running was a consequence of this as I needed to maintain a good level of fitness to handle these games.
In the last few years, I have become aware of a couple of cases where players have received significant life changing injuries. I have also seen the great work that the foundation does, stepping in, at a moments notice to provide the support, both financial and emotional that these players need on the long road ahead.
I have decided that during the 2018-19 season, I will do what I can to raise funds for the foundation so they can continue their good work into the future.
With this in mind, as I travel round the clubs in the North West, I will be raising awareness of the foundation and promoting my run at the London Marathon in April 2019.
Each Saturday, for training, I will run 10k in the morning (or referee a school match), referee a match in the afternoon, then run a further 5k round the pitch.