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After successfully recovering from Cancer three years ago, Genus’s Colin Lucas wanted to find a way to raise money to support the continued hard work and dedication shown by the Macmillan Cancer Support team throughout his fight! He called upon the sport he knew and loved, as well as enlisting the help of some unsuspecting colleagues, friends and staff from GSC Grays to take on the Wensleydale Rugby club in a pre-season friendly. On Friday 28th August, for the third consecutive year, GSC Grays and Genus pulled together an Agricultural Industry XV to take part in a fantastic and fun evening of Rugby.
Drawn together on the day, the AI XV team consisted of GSC Grays and Genus employees, local farmers, industry clients and a number of other players from the agricultural sector; including a tree surgeon and brewer (we do acknowledge the tenuous link to the agricultural sector there)! Unfortunately as the evening progressed, it proved that Wensleydale’s pre-season training was slightly too much for the AI XV, as age and experience were not able to counter the younger and fitter first team.
Regardless of the 32 – 5 defeat, both teams put in an excellent performance and were cheered on by a large and supportive crowd! Wensleydale’s Mark Dixon successfully won man of the match as judged by the referee and accolades also need to go to Tom Wilkinson for the AI XV and Paul Smith for Wensleydale who were each voted man of the match by their respective teams.
Phil Scott-Priestley, Director of GSC Grays and player for the AI XV, commented “Most of our team are sadly getting a bit long in the tooth to be chasing around after these guys, but credit to all involved for a great game. A huge thank you also to the many sponsors and supporters, together with those who kindly donated auction prizes for the evening.”
We are delighted that Phil was able to present a cheque this week for £1,750 to Michaela Ryder, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in North Yorkshire. Michaela said: “We are a national charity with a local heart, and believe that no one in North Yorkshire should have to face cancer alone. Cancer is a cause that touches almost everyone and the need is now greater than ever, with over 3,500 new cancer diagnoses every year across the area.
“As a charity we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations, so the work we do simply wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic support of local businesses like GSC Grays. The team have organised another great event this year which has been really well supported by the local community, and every penny raised will help Macmillan provide care and support for people affected by cancer. So a huge thank you from all of as at Macmillan – we’re looking forward to next year’s match already!”