The charity rugby match saw the Sharp’s Brewery Doom Barbarians go head to head against the Rugby Against Cancer squad, resulting in a victory for the latter and more than £1,800 for South West testicular cancer charity It’s In The Bag.
The match was unique in that the Rugby Against Cancer team is made up of passionate players who have all had their own personal battles with cancer, either having suffered directly, or via family members.
The team’s inspirational captain, Shaun Ivall-East, who is from Braunton, North Devon, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2018 at the age of just 24. Throughout this challenging journey, he was supported by It’s In The Bag. Now in remission, he is keen to give something back and unite people through the love of rugby.
After the game, both teams united with some much-deserved post-match curry from Rick Stein’s, and a pint of Doom Bar. An auction, run by Ross Collins, of Lodge and Thomas boosted funds. Some amazing prizes were purchased on the night, including some donated by Exeter Chiefs, Cornish Pirates, and Sharp’s Brewery.
Shaun Ivall-East said: “This particular match was so much fun, and we are delighted to have raised money for It’s In The Bag, so they can help more people like me. Thank you to everyone who got involved in this event, whether it was from volunteering, supporting, or playing.”
James Nicholls, marketing controller at Sharp’s Brewery, said: “It’s fantastic that we can come together on the pitch for such a hugely important cause. It was great to see lots of people out at the match showing their support on the evening. The rugby community is truly amazing and the efforts of Rugby Against Cancer demonstrates how it pulls together to help others in need.”