Blues rugby players kick-start charity partnership

Leonard Cheshire DisabilityThe Varsity Match – 11 December

Cambridge and Oxford university rugby players met a group of local disabled people in the build up to this year’s Varsity Match.

The two care home visits took place recently in preparation for the 133rd Varsity Match which takes place at Twickenham Stadium on 11 December. Leonard Cheshire Disability is delighted to be the official charity of the event and hopes to raise £40,000 from the partnership.

Staff and residents at The Manor, the charity’s care home in Huntingdon, were thrilled to meet some of the Cambridge players and even challenged them to practice their rugby skills in an impromptu match.

Light Blues Captain, Harry Peck, said: “It was great to meet everyone at The Manor and we were made to feel so welcome. Playing the game was great fun and we were impressed with the ball skills shown.”

The Oxford University rugby dark blues captain, Jacob Taylor and his team mates were treated to homemade cakes and tea by the kind hearted residents and staff at Agnes Court in Banbury. It also gave them the chance to quiz their visitors on what it is like to play at the home of English rugby, Twickenham Stadium.

“It was great to chat to everyone at Agnes Court over a cup of tea and a cake. It was a welcome treat as we are all exhausted from the training,” said Jacob Taylor, who presented the residents with a signed rugby ball.

Alastair Hignell, a Trustee of Leonard Cheshire Disability and former Cambridge Captain, said: “It has been 40 years since I first ran out of the changing rooms at Twickenham. Although the sport and the Varsity Match have both changed, the values that make both great remain the same.

“I am honoured to be representing Leonard Cheshire Disability at the Varsity Match. It is an incredible charity that supports disabled people around the world to fulfil their potential and live the life they choose.”

Leonard Cheshire Disability supports thousands of disabled people every year to live as independently as possible. It provides care and support services across the UK, including Agnes Court and The Manor.

The ambition of the charity’s founder was to provide expert care and support to any disabled person anywhere in the world, and to give them dignity and respect in everything they do. That drive remains alive in Leonard Cheshire Disability today.

Both the Oxford and Cambridge teams have set themselves the challenge of raising more money for the charity than their rivals.

  • To back the Cambridge team and support Leonard Cheshire Disability: donate £5 now by texting ‘Cambridge’ to 70660.
  • To back the Oxford team and support Leonard Cheshire Disability: donate £5 now by texting ‘Oxford’ to 70660.

About Leonard Cheshire Disability

Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Its services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, its global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries. With over 7,500 staff, the charity supports over 7,000 disabled people in the UK. Visit:

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