Alan “ Tommo” Thomas Memorial Fundraising Walk and Fun Day In aid of St Mary’s Hospice and Moseley Rugby Community Foundation
This event was due to take place on Saturday 19th September 2020, but was postponed due to Covid 19 and we had to adhere to Government regulations.
We eventually managed to get the Walk, albeit in a different format, organised for Saturday 24th October 2020.
Obviously with Covid 19 and social distancing rules, it was impossible to walk along the canals this year. Mike Caves and myself came up with a variation, which I think you will agree was as much fun as our normal annual charity walk. The walk was in memory of club stalwart and everyone’s friend “Tommo”, who would have been taking part as usual and no doubt would have been rattling his collection tin collecting sponsorship money from anyone who dared to go near him. What a great bloke, he truly was “part of the furniture at Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club” and is massively missed. We had specially made T shirts for the occasion with a picture of Tommo printed on, kindly sponsored by Mission Print.
The idea was to walk in laps around the first team pitch, 10 laps equals two and a half miles, obviously strictly observing Social Distancing rules. Mike had worked out that from Tommo’s birthplace Trimsaran to Billesley was 167 miles. We wanted our combined total of miles to cover and/or beat that distance. I am pleased to say that by 2.30pm we had walked in miles to Trimsaran and indeed half way back to Billesley. We had 80 plus people attend on the day and more did the walk at other times more convenient to them. The weather was cold but dry until the heavens opened in the afternoon.
The first people to set off were Tommo’s family, Lesley with Ollie, Lauren, Rosie and Gavin. Followed in 10 second intervals to allow for social distancing which was strictly monitored by Bob Brown. The day went smoothly from then on and to name just a few, amongst the walkers were former and current players, Adam Balding and family, staff, volunteers, MSA, members and supporters. I would like to mention as well, former player and captain Chris Brightwell who probably made his last appearance at the club, as he and family were moving back to his homeland, New Zealand the following weekend.
After all that strenuous exercise, we adjourned to the clubhouse and benches outside (again socially distancing) to enjoy a well earned drink and burger kindly sponsored by Greene King.
The final total of sponsorship money collected was £4007.00, a fantastic effort made even more so by the fact we had to contend Covid19 and the colder weather,
A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK PART
The proceeds have been divided into two as below
St Mary’s Hospice – £2003.50
Moseley Rugby Community Foundation – £2003.50
It is our intention to make presentations to the two charities on the pitch at one of our early games next season.
Last but certainly not least, can I thank everyone who helped out in one way or another to make this such a special day for a special bloke, there are too many to mention individually, but I must thank James and his staff, Mike Caves, Bob Brown and all of our sponsors and supporters.
Look out for details of this years walk, we are working on it already and hope to be able to go back to the canal walk with some added extras – watch this space!!