A GROUP of Morpeth Rugby Club youngsters were sent packing on Saturday – but it was all in a good cause as they were raising funds for their first overseas rugby tour.
The boys who play for the U14s side, with support from their coaches and parents, took it in turns to help pack customers’ bags at the check-outs of Marks & Spencer in Sanderson Arcade.
Some handy work by the enthusiastic youngsters and the generosity of shoppers saw more than £570 collected, which will go towards funding the tour next Easter (April 5 to 8, 2013).
The team will be travelling to the Netherlands to play two games of rugby against teams from the Noordwijk area and will be staying in youth hostels for the duration of the trip.
Morpeth U14s coach Dave Chattaway added to the fund with a donation of £142 following his recent sponsored bike ride.
Further activities, including a refreshing New Year’s Day sponsored dip in the North Sea, are planned over the next few months as the team looks to raise as much money as possible to offset the cost of the trip, which will be around £260 per head.
Mr Chattaway said: “An overseas tour will be a great opportunity for the boys to enjoy the sporting culture of another country, play some rugby and experience the hospitality of other nations.
“The bag pack was a great success and the boys were brilliant – they were very polite and a credit to the club and team. Thanks to everyone who donated, it’s really appreciated.”
Pledges of money and suggestions for fund-raising ideas can be made to Dave Chattaway on 07739 206317 or Tracy Sweet at firstname.lastname@example.org