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Rugby team at Sir Roger Manwood’s in Sandwich exceed 20,000 pitches challenge target for Martha Trust

A senior rugby team has completed a five-day sporting challenge raising more than £1,100 for the Mercury's Charity of the Year.

Players from Sir Roger Manwood’s School in Sandwich took on the 20,000 pitch challenge - running, walking and cycling the equivalent of 20,000 rugby pitches, which is approximately 2000km or 1,242 miles.

The Sir Roger Manwood's team took on a charity challenge to run and cycle the equivalent of 20,000 rugby pitches
The Sir Roger Manwood's team took on a charity challenge to run and cycle the equivalent of 20,000 rugby pitches

Having reached their target distance in just four days, they continued on racking up a further 977km on the final day, last Friday.

Similarly, the donations to Martha Trust also continued, bringing the overall total raised to £1,100.

Captain Will Morrison said: “We have really enjoyed the challenge and hope we have shown that lockdown can be used positively for everyone to improve their fitness, mental and physical health.

"We are also so proud to have raised so much money for such a great charity and are excited to see how it will help. Thanks to everyone that has donated.”

Fundraising and events officer for Martha, Kerry Banks BEM said: “They did so well and totally surpassed the original 2000km.

Players completed the challenge in four days but carried on
Players completed the challenge in four days but carried on

"We are truly grateful for the monies that they raised which will go directly towards the care of our very special residents.

"Our homes have been on lockdown since the end of February - thanks to the incredible care and dedication of our staff, our very special residents remain COVID free, and long may that continue."

If you would like to undertake a challenge for Martha Trust, please contact Kerry on 01304 610448

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