Charity

West End rugby club GHK prove real triers as team raises thousands for good causes

By Ian Marland at

A West End rugby team has raised more than £23,000 for good causes.

The players at GHK rugby club have tried, tried and tried again to help three great causes.

The team wore pink strips to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

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Team effort: players have been working hard off the field to raise money for good causes

It then wore kilts for the Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk to fundraise for Hearts & Balls.

But its tour de force was stripping bare to raise more than £10,000 for both charities and Beatson Cancer Charity.

The team which plays in Scottish Rugby’s BT National League division 2 has raised £23,313 in total since last year.

Hugh Parker is GHK Rugby club number eight and captain.

He said: “This fundraising helped to bring the team together off the pitch and I challenge every other club in Scotland to do the same.

“The three charities were chosen because they were very close to our hearts for a number of reasons.

“Rugby clubs can really be a force for good and when we work as a team, we can really make a difference.”

Hearts & Balls, a rugby charity which supports players who suffer lifechanging injuries, received almost £16,000 from the club in the last 18 months.

The charity’s chairman Kenny Hamilton said: “Our charity’s main focus is to help rugby help its own, and that’s exactly what everyone involved at GHK has done.

“This money will make a real and lasting difference to rugby players across Scotland who have suffered an injury playing the game they love.

“This is a great example of the rugby community going above and beyond to provide support.

“Thanks to GHK for what was a real club effort. Rugby players are a competitive bunch and I daresay this sets down a marker for other clubs.”