Rugby Club’s marathon effort for tiny tots

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Adventurous members of Middlesbrough Rugby Club (MRUFC) are taking on a mammoth challenge for The James Cook University Hospital’s neonatal unit.

Chris Snaith - event leader

Chris Snaith – event leader

On Saturday 9 July 2016, the group of over 35 players, coaches, patrons and club members – aged 18 to over 50 – will head for the mountains of Snowdonia National Park to climb the highest peak in Wales, Mount Snowdon.

They are aiming to raise as much money as possible for the unit to help improve awareness of the important work they do in caring for tiny babies who are poorly or born prematurely at the Middlesbrough hospital and their families.

Middlesbrough Rugby Club was established in 1872 and currently plays rugby in the Durham/Northumberland division one.

They field and coach teams from the minis section (under sevens to under twelves) and juniors section (under 13’s to colts level under 18) up to the senior’s section, which has four regular sides.

Many youths progress to represent their county in games across the country. All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate with focus on Rugby’s values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship and what makes the game special for those who enjoy the environment and culture they create.

No stranger to charitable giving, every year the club members take part in both individual and group efforts for charities close to their hearts, this year being no different.

They wanted to help the neonatal unit in memory of player at the club Adam ‘Warby’ Wardburton and partner Megan Davies’s baby, Sian, who sadly died before she was born and to help support other families and future babies cared for on the unit.

MRCFC previously did a charity walk in July 2015 in Great Langdale completing the gruelling 11 hour hike up and down Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, to help the couple provide a headstone for the baby.

Anyone who would like to get involved in the fundraising and help or has any questions about coaching or participating in the sport, both as adults and children can contact Chris Snaith at

Jane Hall, neonatal ward manager said: “It is so nice the club is taking on this massive challenge to help the unit and we wish them the best of luck and hope lots of people support them.

“We will use the money to help buy more specialist equipment needed to continue saving the lives of many more babies.”