The third Decky Memorial Touch Rugby tournament at Loughor RFC has raised £3,850.50 in the memory of former club player Richard Thomas who died in 2017 aged 29.
The three tournaments and other events in Decky’s name have now raised a total of £17,772.06 (including gift aid) for cardiac patients at Morriston Hospital.
Former soldier Richard, known to his many friends at rugby clubs across South Wales as Decky, represented the army at rugby and running and was a Loughor RFC stalwart.
He was diagnosed with a form of cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle condition, in 2011 after breaking his sternum playing rugby.
Tournament organiser and Decky’s close friend Labour County Councillor Andrew Stevens is delighted with the latest contribution from the touch rugby tournament.
“I would like to thank everyone who was involved in the day and for making it another memorable Bank Holiday event,” said Cllr Stevens.
“Even though I still wish it was under different circumstances, it is a very worthy cause to be fundraising for. It raises awareness of cardiomyopathy and raising funds for the inherited cardiac condition service in Morriston, so that we may help out others that may be affected.
“One of the main reasons for organising the tournament was to get as many people in the community together in one place for a few games of rugby, a few drinks and to exchange stories to remember a great friend, Richi Thomas. I think we more than achieved that goal.
“I hope we are making the best of a tough situation and helping others while keeping his memory going.
The organisers were indebted to donations to help with the running of the event and in all £1,150 was donated by local dignitaries.
Upper Loughor Labour Cllr Rob Smith and Llwchwr Town Council both donated £300 each, while Gorseinon Council provided a cheque for £250.
Tournament organiser Cllr Stevens and his fellow Penyrheol Cllr Jan Curtice gave £300.
Cllr Stevens added: “The donations and support given by Cllr Smith and Llwchwr Town and Gorseinon Town councils helped us with the running costs including medals, trophies, referees, children’s entertainment and live music without having to use the charitable funds raised.”
The winners of the main Cup were Loughor RFC with Decky Headhunters runners-up. The Bowl Winners were Bucky’s Bandits with Gorseinon Juniors runners-up.
Plans are already in place for the fourth Decky Touch Rugby Tournament which is set for August 31st 2020.
Upper Loughor Labour councillor Robert Smith, who contributed £300 from his community budget, said: “I was glad to see the community coming together again to support Loughor RFC’s fund-raising work to such a worthy cause. It was good to see people of all ages, including so many young families, there on the day.”
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