In Aid of The Robbie Anderson Cancer Trust & The Jake McCarthy Foundation
Why do we do it?
Both Robbie Anderson and Jake McCarthy lost their lives tragically at a very young age. Both charismatic, out going, fun loving people to be around, they separately fought their individual battles. We therefore hold a day of celebration in their name and to raise funds for their individual charities that use their memory to help others.
Robbie at the age of just 12 years old was tragically diagnosed with Angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, which was terminal.
During his 15 month battle with cancer he started the Robbie Anderson Cancer Trust, a Trust that aims to provide a facility where all children are treated in age-appropriate surroundings. Cancer is a battle that must be fought on all fronts – the psychological fight is in many ways just as important as the physical care. In January this year age a milestone was reached as age- appropriate facilities were revamped and opened at the Leicester Royal Infirmary on the ward were Robbie was treated.
Robbie had a wish to make a difference for young people just like himself and with this achievement his wish has come true.
This year, in light of recent events, we have chosen to support ‘The Jake McCarthy Foundation’. Jake McCarthy, a former LGS pupil, suffered a seizure whilst on holiday in Thailand last December, leaving him in a coma. He was found to have a large brain tumour and underwent emergency surgery to remove this, but tragically did not regain consciousness. He sadly passed away on December 24 2012 aged only 24. His condition had gone undiagnosed at home in the UK. As a result of overwhelming support from those who knew Jake, his family decided to set-up a Foundation in his memory. The objective of the Foundation is to help improve the early diagnosis of brain tumours, along with raising awareness of the symptoms and early warning signs associated with this condition
What is Robbie’s Rugby Festival?
Not only is it a great charity event that raises life-changing funds but it is also a wonderful, fun day to be a part of – whether you’re a player or a spectator. What started of as a group of friends from LES playing a reunion rugby game has since grown and grown and this year we are going one better.
FRIDAY 12TH JULY
The Beer Festival is launched at Loughborough Rugby Club from approx. 6pm onwards. All those available please do pop
down to get the weekend activities started.
SATURDAY 13TH JULY – FROM 11AM
The rugby 10’s tournament will provide the days entertainment with additional extras for this year’s festival! The day
will include a 10’s Rugby Tournament consisting of a number of local teams, some old and some new, from the
surrounding areas along with the 2 original LGS teams, a Children’s Aviva Tag Rugby Tournament, BBQ, Raffle, Bouncy
Castle, Pimm’s Tent, Food stands & Gift stands.
SATURDAY 13TH JULY – FROM 7.30PM
This year’s inaugural evening event is to celebrate the work of two special charities. In its own marquee on the grounds
this Festival themed evening will be an informal affair filled with Live Music, Hog Roast and Beer Festival Bar (as well as
Tickets are £15 – so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space.
We do look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.