Former player, Steven Gill, is undertaking a mammoth series of charitable fundraising challenges, 59 to be precise. He’s helping to raise awareness of Mucopolysaccharide, Fabry and other associated diseases which are rare genetic diseases. Full details of Steve’s attempts and achievements so far can be seen using this link Steven Gill's #59events for The MPS Society run by The Society For Mucopolysaccharide Diseases (The MPS Society).
He recently became the MPS Fundraiser of the month (https://www.mpssociety.org.uk/post/april-fundraiser-of-the-month-steven-gill) as he launched the CRUFCcyclingSeries, a gruelling 75km bike ride taking in neighbouring rugby clubs on 10 April joined and completed by club members Ian and Neil Mattison, Paul Connell (participating remotely in New Zealand), Mick Huby, Paul Philpott, James Pender, Mick Adamson, Kevin Ripley, Nathan Davies, Steve Thackray with Andrew Clegg in the support vehicle. Other events planned are a 150km summer ride and an even longer 200km ride in 2023.
Steve is undertaking this challenge to honour his father, Andrew, former successful 2XV Captain, and another long serving former player, David Camfield, both of whose lives were affected by the condition. The inspiration behind the #59 events relates to the life expectancy for men with Fabry and Steve would like others to assist in him reaching the goal of 59 fundraising events.
Donations to recognise Steve’s efforts specifically on the cycle can be made through the Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/crufccycling-series
Our thoughts are with Steve and his family as his grandfather, Paul Gill, another long-time member and stalwart of the club, recently passed, too.