Rugby ace Alastair Hignell kicks off our Varsity Match partnership

3 November 2014

Varsity Match - Battle of the Blues - 11 December 2014

Alastair HignellFormer England rugby international Alastair Hignell has officially launched our charity partnership with the prestigious Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge.

The 133rd Varsity Match will take place at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday 11 December. Oxford will be chasing a record-breaking fifth consecutive win over age-old rivals Cambridge in this year's ‘Battle of the Blues’. We hope to raise £40,000 from the partnership.

Rugby fans can find out more about the event and buy tickets through the Varsity Match website.

As well as raising money for our charity, a minute’s silence before the match will commemorate the 55 Blues who lost their lives in service in World War One.

The Varsity Match 2014 - 11 DecemberAlastair is a trustee of Leonard Cheshire Disability and former Cambridge Blues captain. He won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award in 2008 for his work spreading awareness of MS.

‘It has been 40 years since I first ran out of the changing rooms at Twickenham. Although the sport and the Varsity Match have both changed, the values that make both great remain the same.

‘I am honoured to be representing Leonard Cheshire Disability at the Varsity Match. It is an incredible charity that supports disabled people around the world to fulfil their potential and live the life they choose.’ — Alastair Hignell

Hugo Middlemas, our director of fundraising, said: ‘We are so grateful to be the chosen charity for the Varsity Match. We know that rugby fans are incredibly generous and we hope they will dig deep and show us their support.

‘This year will be very poignant and will provide us with the opportunity to remember the 55 Blues who lost their lives in the First World War. We know the players taking part this year will honour their memories and make them proud.’

Leonard Cheshire Disability supports thousands of disabled people every year to live as independently as possible. It provides care and support services across the UK, including at Agnes Court and John Masefield House in Oxford and The Manor in Cambridge.

The ambition of the charity’s founder was to provide expert care and support to any disabled person anywhere in the world, and of giving them dignity and respect in everything they do. That drive remains alive in Leonard Cheshire Disability today.

Find out more about the event, including how to buy tickets, on the Varsity Match website.

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