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Paralysed rugby player to benefit from fundraising efforts

Filed under: Air Ambulance Costs and Fundraising — Posted by: Andrew on January 21, 2012

Chris Haynes, the rugby player paralysed after diving onto a sandbank whilst holidaying in Majorca last year, is to benefit from thousands of pounds raised by a local rugby club.

Chris used to play second row for the sixth form team at North Leamington School, and the current team played an Old Boys’ team in a fund raising event there.

A well attended event, it raised a total of £2,000, which will be put towards buying equipment for Chris’ ongoing care.

Chris was able to attend the event himself, travelling from his rehabilitation unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where he was repatriated to after being flown in by air ambulance from Spain.

Speaking about the success of the event, Chris’ father Steve thanked everyone, and confirmed that his son’s rehab is going well. He went on to say:

“…he’s looking forward to getting back to living in (his home) area as soon as he can.”

It is hoped he will be able to return home, to Bubbenhall Village, in March, though an exact date will not be set until he has been completely evaluated by the professional medical team.

There are more fund raising events planned, which are taking place throughout the rugby community of which Chris was a big part. Many of these are being organised by John Williamson, a teacher and one of the rugby coach’s at North Leamington.

Mr Williamson is also being helped by his friend, Howard Graham, at Harlequins academy, who has already donated a signed shirt for auctioning on eBay.

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