Dallaglio RugbyWorks is an intensive, long-term skills development programme based on rugby, through which we aim to get teenagers outside of mainstream education into sustained education, employment or training.
A group of Dallaglio Foundation Fundraisers tell us what's motivating them to complete their challenge!
We are 'Dallaglio's Dozen', a team of 'old timers’, the majority of whom have followed The British and Irish Lions to Australia (twice), New Zealand and South Africa, who in May this year will be attempting to walk across England on the famous Coast to Coast trail, rated as one of Europe's toughest treks.
It's a gruelling route from St Bees, on the west coast, to Robin Hood's Bay on the east. During the walk we will be ascending and descending the height of Everest over a total distance of nearly 200 miles. We have given ourselves two weeks to complete the journey.
We have set ourselves the ambitious target of raising £10,000. Every cent/dollar goes to the charity as we are covering all our personal expenses at some considerable cost as we are travelling to St Bees from Australia, Canada and Harpenden! The team consists of six UK residents, five from Australia (two from Sydney and three from Perth) and one from Montreal in Canada.
The chief instigator of our challenge is Fraser Griggs, who in April 2014 (at the age of 46) suffered a major stroke in Dubai airport, while in transit between the UK and Australia. His remarkable recovery has confounded doctors and to speed his recovery he made his target to walk the Coast to Coast trail, which had always been a lifetime's ambition. The doctors in Dubai told him to set little targets on a weekly basis to regain some mobility such as: ‘Walk to the end of your bed’, ‘walk to the end of the ward’ etc. so when he told them his target was to complete the coast to coast walk they said it was a worthy aspiration, but somewhat unlikely. That was Red Rag to a Bull! Incredibly he has found 11 other 'reprobates' to join him on the final leg of his rehabilitation journey. Now we are wondering what we have let ourselves in for!
We are delighted to be raising money for a great cause, namely the Dallaglio Foundation as Lawrence is one of Fraser's all time sporting heroes and the work his foundation does through the great game of rugby is truly inspiring to the whole team.
You can follow our exploits on Facebook, with this link: https://www.facebook.com/Dallaglio8