Rugby School marks anniversary with charity donation and return of globetrotting rugby ball - The Rugby Observer

Rugby School marks anniversary with charity donation and return of globetrotting rugby ball

Andy Morris 22nd Oct, 2017   0

THOUSANDS of pounds have been handed over to a Rugby charity at a lively Community Day at Rugby School.

The school has raised more than £11,000 for the Bradby Club as part of its 450th anniversary year.

Fundraising projects have been taking place across the school community, also involving Lawrence Sheriff School, for the past nine months – and the final cheque was presented during the event.

The day began with a sponsored walk around Draycote Water, started by MP Mark Pawsey, and ended with the 450th Global Pass ball arriving back on the Close by helicopter.

The dramatic return of the rugby ball was witnessed by the whole school and brought home by Old Rugbeian and Saints player Harry Mallinder.

Inspired by the journey of the Olympic Torch, The Global Pass was the brainchild of Old Rugbeians Toby Marsh and Matthew Hodder-Williams.

The ball left Rugby at the launch of the 450th celebrations on January 9 and has since been passed 450 times during its journey across 127 countries and six continents, clocking up 103,248 miles. It has taken in sites including the Kremlin, the Louvre, William Webb Ellis’s grave in Menton and the Hong Kong Sevens during its journey.

Other fundraising projects by pupils and staff have involved various 450th-themed events including 450 laps around the Close and 450 miles covered by swimming, running, walking and cycling. Staff also cycled 450 miles from London between them, and one member of staff walked the Pilgrim’s Way.


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