Club players come together to raise funds for campaign

Pictured are the people who took part in the Morpeth Ladies v Morpeth (I'm a Lady) XV game in aid of Stay Strong Stu.
Pictured are the people who took part in the Morpeth Ladies v Morpeth (I'm a Lady) XV game in aid of Stay Strong Stu.

An eye-catching game of rugby was organised in Morpeth to raise funds for a charity appeal.

In February, farmer and Tynedale RFC player Stuart Ridley was told he may only have months to live after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The Stay Strong Stu campaign was set up to raise money. It will help with practical support for the 25-year-old and some of the funds will go to The Brain Tumour Charity and the Wooden Spoon rugby charity.

Morpeth RFC is among the clubs in Northumberland that have supported the initiative.

A fun game recently took place between Morpeth Ladies and a Morpeth (I’m a Lady) XV – members of the men’s section dressed up as women.

A representative from Stay Strong Stu was at the Mitford Road ground selling T-shirts and wristbands and event organisers Helen Sheerman and Dan Buckley also put together a raffle.

Prizes were donated by individuals, Morpeth RFC and the Northumberland RFU as well as businesses and organisations such as Robson & Cowan, Green’s in Morpeth, Longwitton Dene Sporting Clays, Ice Bar Morpeth, Urban Pooch and the Bargain Booze shop in Morpeth.

A total of £1,186.75 was raised.

The organisers said: “We had a lot of fun during the evening and we’re delighted with the total amount. We’re grateful to all those who donated and/or provided a raffle prize.”

Meanwhile, more than 10 people have pledged to raise money for the campaign by taking part in an event at Kielder in October.

Personal trainer Libby Hancock from Ponteland will be participating in the main activity – the Kielder Marathon.

She said: “I hadn’t intended to run it until I found out about Stu and a few people suggested we signed up to support the initiative.”

Other events during the weekend include the Kielder 10k, a run-bike-run relay and junior races.

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Stay Strong Stu has now raised more than £100,000. For more details, visit