“I’d like to thank all at Manor Park RFC who donated money in Tim’s memory”
Nuneaton Old Edwardians president Ged O’Neill
It was back in September when the Eds committee handed over a cheque for £500 to the JS7 project - created in memory of former Manor Park player Jamie Styles who lost his life in February, aged 28.
Jamie’s passing came just a month after the Eds were touched by tragedy following the death of Tim Bates.
On Boxing Day, the Eds paid tribute to Tim with a charity match which saw his beloved Eds tackle another sporting team he served with distinction, Nuneaton Cricket Club, in a rugby match at Weddington Road.
Money raised from the well-attended event was pledged to Mind – a mental health charity.
Meanwhile across the town, Manor Park held its Interclub Boxing Day game and encouraged players and spectators alike to donate what they could to the same charitable cause.
The impromptu whip around, which was topped up by a donation from Manor Park RFC, came to £220, which was dropped into the Eds on Boxing Day.
Manor Park development officer Nigel Ellis said: “We were extremely appreciative of the Eds’ generosity for the JS7 fund and the kindness and compassion they afforded us at a difficult time.
“So it was appropriate that when the Eds held its fund-raiser in memory of one of their fallen players, that we showed our support for what is an extremely important and worthy cause.
“Thank you to everybody who donated so generously.”
Nuneaton Old Edwardians president Ged O’Neill praised Manor Park RFC for its contribution.
He said: “I’d like to thank all at Manor Park RFC who donated money in Tim’s memory. It’s very kind of you all, thank you so much.”
For more information about the MIND charity, please visit https://www.mind.org.uk
Updated 14:43 - 27 Dec 2017 by Bobby Bridge