Jimmy, aged 18, from Gloucestershire has raised over £1000 for Penny Brohn UK, by organising a Touch Rugby Tournament at Hartpury College.
The tournament took place on Saturday 8 June, and saw eight rugby teams including Hartpury Staff, Minchinhampton, Stroud, Matson, and Jimmy’s invitation ‘Penny Brohn RFC’ team battle it out for the coveted Cup and Plate trophies. In a close fought final with Penny Brohn RFC, the cup was won by Ben’s Baa-Baas, captained by former Gloucester Rugby and now Wasps scrum half Ben Vellacott who played like a dervish throughout the tournament! The event, which was generously sponsored by Burleigh Travel, Alpha Print and Hartpury College, was also supported by Thinus Delport, ex South Africa, Gloucester and Worcester Warriors player.
Jimmy, who is currently captain of Minchinhampton RFC’s Colts team and studying rugby at Hartpury, decided to organise the event to fundraise for Penny Brohn UK, which has supported his mum Jennie since she was diagnosed with stage IV bowel cancer when he was 14 years old.
Talking about the event, Jimmy Evans, said: “Penny Brohn UK is mum’s favourite charity. She went to their centre near Bristol when she was first diagnosed and has continued to use their services throughout her cancer treatment. I can see the difference that Penny Brohn UK makes to her, helping her to live well with cancer rather than letting it dominate her life. The support she receives in turn makes life easier for me. I’m really keen to raise awareness of the charity and its services and raise funds to support their work.
“I’m thrilled that the tournament was such a great success and we raised so much for Penny Brohn UK. A huge thank you to Hartpury for kindly agreed to host the tournament; to our sponsors and the companies and individuals who donated raffle prizes; and all the players that took part and supported the event. Most of all I was so proud to have mum there and see everything we achieved together.”
Sophie Thomas, Community Fundraising Officer, said: “A huge thank you to Jimmy for organising the Touch Rugby Tournament to raise money for Penny Brohn UK. It was a fantastic event and was clear to see how much hard work had gone into organising the tournament. The money raised will help us support more people affected by cancer to live as well as possible for as long as possible.”