Many Hampton rugby players joined Barnes Rugby Club in helping to raise over £120,000 for NHS charities. The club ran the ‘Big Lift’ challenge, tasking members and friends of the club to lift over one million kilograms in one day. Among the Hamptonians taking part were Rugby Captain Patrick Silcox, the Leman brothers Hal, Max and Guy. First Years, Ben Robinson and Harry Swain, Second Years Sam Randles, Daniel Venner, and Third Years: Finlay Wiseman, Tom Holland, Rory Paterson, Nick Lewis, Matt Venner, Aran Murphy, Frank Hall, Charlie Puczyniec and Cameron Jones.
Here is a report of the event from Ben Robinson, who with his family lifted 8000kg on the day:
Our rugby club united together at the weekend, fundraising in memory of clubman and one of the dads at Barnes RFC, Garry Garrett who recently died after contracting Covid-19. The challenge was to lift one million kilograms from ground level to above head height in one day and raise as much money as possible for the NHS.
There was a huge response with many international rugby players across the world taking part including Jamie George, Jonny Wilkinson, Chris Robshaw, Lawrence Dallaglio and many others promoting the cause. In our club everyone from the U5s minis to the 1st XV, ex-players and their families took part. Every year group lifted together on Zoom. The U12s lifted over 100,000 KG and the juniors and minis lifted more than a million KG. In total, the club and supporters lifted more than 7.25 million KG.
Barnes RFC was on Sky Sports and Good Morning Britain. At the time of writing we have raised over £14,700 for the NHS.