Tuesday 14 October 2008

Harry's Socks Cheque Presentation at Newbury Rugby Club

Harry's Socks raised £1600 for the Meningitis Research Foundation and what a journey it has been!

A donation of £400 from Mark Foster from Newbury Rugby Club was invested in replica socks of those that Harry wore during his playing days at Marlow Rugby Club. The distinctive hooped socks were remembered by Marlow coach and referee Graeme Kempson during many an hour on the rugby pitch. He conceived the idea of the socks as a way to remember Harry and raise further funds. You can read about the original presentation of the socks here.
It is eight months since the socks presentation and during this time they have become a truly international event. Worn by Marlow teams from mini to youth to the 1st XV in memory of Harry and by brother George and the John Hampden Grammar School team on their world wide tour. The socks visited Hong Kong, Australia, Fiji, Canada, USA and were worn during a spectacular winning game against New Zealand. Phil Vickery England Rugby Captain will wear the during a Barbarians game. Many Friends locally and from around the world have also bought Harry's Socks.

The presentation of the cheque was kindly hosted by Mark Foster at Newbury Rugby Club. Mark laid on a terrific day including lunch before the under 11's played a curtain raiser in Harry's socks which they won 10 - 0. Very exciting for them because they played on the 1st team pitch watched by the 1st team. We the watched the 1st division game between Newbury and Esher - Newbury wearing Harry's socks.

In the photograph of the Presentation from left - John Watson, Graeme Kempson , Mark Foster, Richard, Judi and Newbury mascot.

Newbury laid on a terrific meal and David Smith - the President of Newbury RFC remembered Harry in his pre match speech.

Instrumental in the organisation are John Watson, (Marlow Coach), Michele Tedeschi and Reg Murrell. Michele I think sums the day up when he said:

"I felt very proud to have known Harry, to be associated with the Foundation and to be part of Marlow RFC. The idea of Harry's socks was so fantastic and the rewards so incredible that I can't believe it myself. I thought that Mark Foster and all at Newbury RFC did us proud on Saturday: their hospitality and friendship was heart-warming and just shows what can be done. Newbury RFC have gone to the top of the tree as far as I am concerned.

Let us keep this wonderful thing going and even Harry would be proud of us"

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