A team representing the Plymouth and Exeter Medical Schools has beaten the Royal Marines Rugby Team in the seventh annual Medics Rugby Challenge.
The event, which was held at Rugby Union team Plymouth Albion’s ground The Brickfields, was in aid of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF), which supports serving and retired marines, injured veterans and their families.
Last year, the medics were trounced 27-0 by the Marines, who have won the majority of the matches played. This year’s contest, however, saw the South West Peninsula Medics take their revenge as they ran out the victors, winning by 20-7.
The event has raised around £120,000 in the previous six years, averaging just under £20,000 a year. The event organiser, Surgeon Commander Anthony Lambert, said the total raised this year had yet to be totalled, but that around £2,000 had been raised by programme sales alone.
He said: “That was raised by four lads who were walking around with a bucket each for donations and programmes. That is a fantastic amount. We haven’t counted all the money made from the event yet – that should take a couple of days – but it looks like it should be quite a lot. We always get fantastic support from the local community and there were about 2,000 people there. I can’t thank the local support enough.”
Lambert had the idea to run a charity event while serving in Afghanistan. “As a Royal Navy surgeon who was deployed during Herrick 9, I witnessed first-hand the consequences of war. I am involved in the treatment of our casualties and when I see them back in the UK I am amazed at their resilience, drive and motivation,” he explains.
Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund fundraising manager Richard Kenworthy said: "Events such as the South West Peninsula Medics Rugby Challenge and charity auction enable us to support and have a positive impact on the lives of current and former Royal Marines and their families."