On Boxing Day, the day before Big Game 8 when Harlequins play Gloucester Rugby at Twickenham Stadium, Harlequins Member Ashley Varley will begin the Big Game 8 Challenge, which will see him run three consecutive marathons in 24 hours.
Beginning at his local rugby club in Hastings, Ashley will run close to 80 miles carrying the Aviva Premiership match ball and delivering it to Twickenham Stadium ahead of kick-off on December 27th.
Ashley will be running to raise money for both The Harlequins Foundation and GOSH.
GOSH is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, treating patients from across the UK, often for rare and complex conditions. Harlequins has supported GOSH since 2012 and aims to raise £100,000 to fund a bedroom on the new respiratory ward within the hospital’s new Premier Inn Clinical Building, which is due to open in 2017.
The Harlequins Foundation was launched in January 2015, and drives Harlequins’ commitment to helping young people achieve a brighter future. Its mission is to harness the true power of the Harlequins spirit to improve the lives of young people aged 0-25. It is currently developing a range of programmes and partnerships that are designed to engage, inspire, educate and equip young people, opening doors to new opportunities and transforming lives.
A Virgin Money Giving page has been set up and you can donate and support Ashley on his journey by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AshleyVarley.
You can be at Twickenham Stadium and see Ashley complete his challenge by purchasing tickets to Big Game 8. Tickets have been on sale since January and start from just £20. Big Game is more than just a rugby match; it’s a great festive and affordable day out for friends and family.
Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster or via www.tickets.quins.co.uk. Alternatively you can purchase tickets by calling 020 8410 6010.
Speaking ahead of the Big Game Challenge, Ashley said: "I’m really excited for the Big Game 8 Challenge and that Harlequins have got behind me to support this. I’m really hoping we can get a number of rugby supporters behind us so together we can raise money for some really worthy causes."
Victoria Hartley, Harlequins Foundation Manager, added: "We are really grateful that Ashley has chosen The Harlequins Foundation and GOSH as the beneficiary charities of this run. We are looking forward to supporting Ashley in the coming months and raising as much money as possible. On behalf of everyone at Harlequins we would like to wish Ashley the very best of luck in the coming months and on the big day itself."