Joe Sandford Thank You Charity Rugby Day
Last year while in New Zealand on a rugby scholarship I had a car crash in which I sustained a serious head injury resulting in some brain damage, a broken neck and back, dislocated shoulder, fractured pelvis, and a ruptured spleen and diaphragm. The latest version of the popular game "Operation" has a model of me in the box. The specialists in the critical care unit in Auckland Hospital told my parents that I had a less than 5% chance of having any significant quality of life IF I recovered. But thanks to outstanding rehab in NZ, the love, support and encouragement from friends and family and a lot of sheer hard work and positivity from me, I am now working 4 days a week, playing sport, driving, training and coaching. I celebrated the anniversary of the accident on July 3rd with a skydive from 12,000 feet. Why? Because I could! I refuse to be defined by my accident and will always work to be the best that I can be at whatever I do.
This last year has been difficult on many levels; that said, I'm really aware that I've been very fortunate, and I'm appreciative of the fact that I can utilise my "second life" to help a couple of charities close to my heart.
Rugby and Community Fun Day
It's a family community fun day based around rugby but designed to be all inclusive. We've got local rugby sides coming to play "friendlies", a ladies 7s match, a speed pass centre, a massage tent, bouncy castle, face painting and sponge throwing for the kids, barbecue, pizzas, ice creams, a cake stall, all day bar, and live music in the evening.
We have some amazing prizes in the raffle, including Skydiving and Hot Air Balloon vouchers, 2 tickets for the Kooks in Brighton, a weekend for 2 in Bournemouth, 2 tickets for a Saracens home game, personal training sessions at Govers Gym, fine dining experiences at Cau and The Bar and Grill Tunbridge Wells, The Old Star Heathfield, The Avergavenny Arms, The Bear Burwash. And lots more coming in the next fortnight.
The day is intended as a thank you for your support last year and a celebration of our club, our sport, and our wider community. If it turns into a party at any point, so be it. We'll go with the flow.
So come along, enjoy the day, meet friends old and new and help Joe to help two great charities, as all proceeds will be divided equally between Headway East Sussex and the Matt Hampson Foundation.
Rugby and Celebrations
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LocationHeathfield & Waldron Rugby Club Hardy Roberts Recreational Ground,
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