Rugby: Upminster fundraiser a ‘massive success’

PUBLISHED: 09:30 06 April 2018

Upminster staged the Jim Ball Memorial charity match in aid of the British Heart Foundation

Upminster staged the Jim Ball Memorial charity match in aid of the British Heart Foundation


Upminster Rugby Club raised over £4,250 for the British Heart Foundation at their Jim Ball Memorial match on Saturday.

A Jim Ball XV, of past and present players, beat a Barbarians XV made up of players from Campion, Romford & Gidea Park and the City Leagues 24-17 in a “tough but fun” game.

But the most important matter was the support for the charity in memory of Ball, who died in 2011, and social secretary Harry Lockwood said: “Thank you to all who attended the Jim Ball Memorial match, it was an amazing day and we did Jim proud.

“We raised over £4,250 for the British Heart Foundation. The day was a massive success in all respects. The food and drink went down far too easy and there were smiles from all throughout the day and evening.

“Myself, Matthew and Antony would like to thank the sponsors, players, helpers and supporters. Without all of you, the day wouldn’t have been possible.”

Matthew Ball is running the London Marathon in memory of his dad also.

*Upminster end their London Three Essex campaign with a home game against high-flying Millwall on Saturday, while rivals Campion host Braintree in their penultimate fixture at Cottons Park.

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