Our Family

Board of Trustees

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AARON

Trustee
Clubs and Ambassador Liaison

GRAHAM

Trustee
Care Package Coordinator

JIM

Trustee
Professional and RAC Player Liaison

Committee Members

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CAM

Committee Secretary

DARREN

Treasurer

DAUBROY

Charity Merchandising Manager

DAVID

NHS and Capital Projects Manager

HARRY

Corporate Partnerships Lead

HELEN

Charity Legal Secretary

JERRY

Volunteer Coordinator

MATT

Grant Fund Manager

PETE

Fundraising and Events Manager

RACHEL

Fundraising and Events Manager

RUTH

PR, Marketing and Social Lead

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CLARA NIELSON

Bristol Bears, England & Barbarians

JOE BATLEY

Worcester Warriors

ROBYN LOCK

Gloucester Hartpury & Wales

SIMON MASON

Former Ireland, Ulster & Benetton

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CAI GRIFFITHS

London Welsh RFC

DONNA ROSE

Saracens Women & Wales

IOAN LLOYD

Bristol Bears & Wales

KIM OLIVER

Former England & Bristol Bears

MATT WILLIAMS

London Irish

OLLIE HASSELL-COLLINS

London Irish

TOM VARNDELL

Former England & Premiership

VICKII CORNBOROUGH

Harlequins & England

WILL SPENCER

Bath

LOCAL Ambassadors

ANJA DIXON

Trojans Rugby Club

FRANKO TOMIC

Petersfield Rugby Club

JACK JAKEMAN

Esher Rugby Club

MARK & FRANKIE HARVEY

Thurrock Rugby Club

SANDY NEWSHAM

Portsmouth Rugby Club

OFFICIAL CLUB PARTNERS

Interested in joining the Rugby Against Cancer Family?

Aaron

The Founder, Trustee and Clubs and Ambassador Liaison

Favourite Rugby Team

Rugby Against Cancer All stars & Saracens

Connection to the Rugby Family

Player (just about) and Coaching

Reason for joining the RAC Family

Cancer is something that has an impact on so many families and the people around us every day. It is a disease which has affected my family, and is very close to my heart. The opportunity to be an ambassador for a great charity in Rugby against cancer is a massive honour, allowing me to hopefully help some families in our rugby community affected by this disease in any way I can!

What would you like RAC to achieve

To be the go-to charity for rugby players and their families dealing with cancer. To have Rugby Against Cancer as a household name in Cancer charities and in grassroots rugby clubs across the country. 

Graham

Care Package Coordinator and Trustee

Favourite Rugby Team

Wasps and England

Connection to the Rugby Family

A rugby player for an array of teams; Sudbury, Wasps, Royal Navy, United Services. A scout for Eastern County and now  for Hampshire.

Reason for joining the RAC Family

I have stage 4 Cancer. While living with a terminal illness I still feel I can put something back in to help others. 

What would you like RAC to achieve

I want Rugby Against Cancer to continue to help ease the suffering of like-minded people and their families fighting Cancer 

Jim

Professional and RAC Player Liaison and Trustee

Favourite Rugby Team

Harlequins

Connection to the Rugby Family

Former player and have managed and coached sides within Hampshire. 

Reason for joining the RAC Family

I lost my mother to cancer in 2010 and my wife, Angela, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. I want to help raise money to support those within the rugby community that have been affected by cancer. Read more about Jim’s Story here

What would you like RAC to achieve

To become the ‘Go-To’ charity within rugby circles that will raise money that allows the charity to support those that need it.

Camella Robertson

Committee Secretary

Favourite Rugby Team

England

Connection to the Rugby Family

Jordan Cracknell, a rugby player lives with my daughter, and Jordan’s Mum is a cancer survivor!

Reason for joining the RAC Family

Cancer is very close to home as I am a survivor myself, having been diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2012.  Like so many others, I have over the years helped raise money for various cancer charities. Volunteering for this role allows a greater involvement and I am keen to get started and feel very privileged to be given this chance.

What would you like RAC to achieve

Finding help when you are in the middle of a life threatening situation is not easy to do and charities like Rugby Against Cancer can help to take some of the unnecessary stresses away.

Darren Leggott

Treasurer

Favourite Rugby Team

Coming soon.

Connection to the Rugby Family

Coming soon.

Reason for joining the RAC Family

Coming soon.

What would you like RAC to achieve

Coming soon.

Doubroy Delahunty

Charity Merchandising Manager

Favourite Rugby Team

Exeter

Connection to the Rugby Family

Having the opportunity of moving around the country I have truly experienced the rugby family in action from playing in Ireland to learning the ropes at Havant and Portsmouth to Championship success at Slough and Wadebridge. Now, I love being part of The Bolingy Barbarians, a charity vets’ team in Cornwall.

Reason for joining the RAC Family

One of the major things about rugby is how the community pulls together to support each other. This indomitable spirit is something that should be protected and highlighted as something amazing within our sport being part of the first game, two of the treks and other games have made me want to help grow the charity.

What would you like RAC to achieve

I want RAC to become a nationally known brand with not class stash that looks cool, and people are proud to wear.

David Smith

NHS and Capital Projects Manager

Favourite Rugby Team

Gloucester

Connection to the Rugby Family

I have played rugby for millions of years, mainly at PRFC.

Reason for joining the RAC Family

I have seen what this, now, Charity has evolved from and wanted to help in any way I could. I’ve seen this disease from all sides (living with Multiple Myeloma) and witnessed and received help from the rugby family

What would you like RAC to achieve

I want to see the charity offering support to all persons affected by this disease. This is from patients to family to the nurses providing the care. I have spent over six years in treatment and seen how this affects the careers whether this be family or nursing staff

Harry Hodell

Corporate Partnerships Lead

Favourite Rugby Team

Bristol Bears

Connection to the Rugby Family

Over 20 years playing rugby across the UK and abroad.

Reason for joining the RAC Family

Much like, I’m sure, too many others, I have lost both friends and family to cancer. Rugby Against Cancer has helped many people I know with treatment and support in their time of need. It is the community and the collective effort to help those suffering, directly and indirectly, that made me want to get involved with this incredible group of individuals some time ago. Rugby Against Cancer aspires to continue growing and helping those fighting Cancer and those who support loved ones in their lengthy battles with Cancer. The rugby community has been family to me wherever I have travelled and it’s this community that provides me with great optimism for the lives we can help save and change through the work that Rugby Against Cancer does.

What would you like RAC to achieve

I hope to see the Rugby Against Cancer continue growing and reach a wider audience, assisting more and more of those affected by cancer, becoming the go to Cancer charity in the UK

Helen Stone-Ward

Charity Legal Secretary

Favourite Rugby Team

Connection to the Rugby Family

Reason for joining the RAC Family

What would you like RAC to achieve

Jerry Cracknell

Volunteer Coordinator

Favourite Rugby Team

No ‘favourite’ team but Bath is always a great day out so maybe them, England & Lions

Connection to the Rugby Family

Played a lifetime ago. Both sons played (PRFC, USPRFC & Petersfield) with my youngest currently at Portsmouth.(Proud to say he has played for Rugby Against Cancer teams)

Reason for joining the RAC Family

Rugby has had a positive impact within my family but sadly cancer has been a negative losing family & friends. I jumped at the chance to be able to actively assist in raising money and awareness for this great charity.

What would you like RAC to achieve

That the Rugby Against Cancer family grows year on year with ambassadors at every club in the country and to continue to raise money for those affected by cancer within the wider rugby family.

Matt Davis

Grant Fund Manager

Favourite Rugby Team

England

Connection to the Rugby Family

 I have played rugby in Hampshire for over 30 years, coached and was Director of Rugby at United Services Portsmouth and now 1st team coach at Portsmouth RFC.

Reason for joining the RAC Family

I want to be able to support rugby families through Cancer in whatever way is needed to make everything easier for families.

What would you like RAC to achieve

I would like to see Rugby Against Cancer turn into a national charity supported by clubs throughout the country.

Pete Living

Fundraising and Events Manager

Favourite Rugby Team

Leicester Tigers

Connection to the Rugby Family

I’ve played at Havant RFC since 2004, have captained every senior team, been club captain and I’ve been in the rugby management committee for the last 10 years. I also coach 3 age groups of the mini and juniors and have just been awarded club honours.

Reason for joining the RAC Family

I’ve previously played for Rugby Against Cancer and helped out at The Final Trek. I lost my dad to lung cancer last year and want to help others as they go through a very difficult time in their lives.

What would you like RAC to achieve

Utilizing the fundraising for excellent causes and seeing the charity grow over the next 3-5 years.

Rachel Living

Fundraising and Events Manager

Favourite Rugby Team

Leicester Tigers

Connection to the Rugby Family

My husband and girls play for Havant RFC

Reason for joining the RAC Family

Rugby Against Cancer is very close to my heart having lost my father-in-law last year. Having helped at The Final Trek we really wanted to get more involved.

What would you like RAC to achieve

When we were going through treatment and then unfortunately end of life support last year the small acts of kindness made the biggest difference. I’d like to see Rugby Against Cancer making a real difference to people when they are at a really tricky point.

Ruth

PR, Marketing and Social Lead

Favourite Rugby Team

Leicester Tigers and England

Connection to the Rugby Family

I was a short-lived rugby union player at University and for a short period afterwards, changing to the occasional touch rugby match thereafter. I can often be found at Twickenham Stadium cheering on EnglandI dabble in freelance work on Premiership Rugby, Top14 and grassroots rugby content as a day job. 

Reason for joining the RAC Family

After seeing a Twitter appeal by Aaron for help with social media, I didn’t hesitate to get in touch. With a passion for rugby, and cancer charities being very personal cause for my family, it was the perfect fit to get involved. I want to help raise awareness of the organisation, make some noise for fundraisers and help the team raise valuable funds so more people can be with their families for longer. 

What would you like RAC to achieve

I hope Rugby Against Cancer becomes a recognisable name in the UK, and around the World. It is a great cause, started by a great team of people and I hope we continue to do the fantastic work and make a real difference. 

Clara Nielson

England & Barbarians

SENIOR CAREER: Bristol Bears

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: England & Barbarians

“I lost my dad to cancer and he was my biggest supporter, always cheering me on from the sideline. The rugby family is truly special and the support I had from both Bristol and the wider rugby community really helped me.

Rugby Against Cancer is a unique charity, making a genuine difference to people going through the toughest of times and I am really looking forward to being on board.“

JOE BATLEY

WORCESTER WARRIORS

CURRENT TEAM: Worcester Warriors

SENIOR CAREER: Gloucester, Leicester Tigers & Bristol Bears

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: England U20s, England U18s

“My rugby journey began in Gosport and Fareham RFC when I was 6, the club is still a massive part of me and my family’s life. As I have made friends for life that still play for the team I love, as does my brother.

From here I moved to Hartpury College and Gloucester Rugby where I studied for two years before signing full time with Gloucester where I spent 3 seasons. Until I moved to Bristol and now Worcester.

Rugby Against Cancer is something I am massively behind. I have been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which is a type of cancer that developed in my lymphatic system. I went through Chemotherapy as part of my treatment.

Once I was diagnosed it was naturally a huge shock to myself and my family. However, the sheer support I received after the news was overwhelming from the rugby family that fortunately surrounds me. Bristol was unbelievable with the news and supported me massively and I can never thank them enough. 

This is my story and I think it summaries what this charity represents, rugby is a powerful thing and together can help the fight on cancer”

ROBYN LOCK

GLOUCESTER HARTPURY & WALES

CURRENT TEAM: Gloucester-Hartpury

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Wales

Robyn was diagnosed in 2014 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, just 5 years after her cancer battle she was called up for her first Welsh international caps during the Autumn Internationals in 2019.

“I was diagnosed with Lymphoma when I was 21 years old and on the rise in my rugby career. Cancer stopped me in my tracks, left me with nothing to look forward to but playing rugby for Wales was always my dream. I didn’t let cancer stop me, it moulded me, it drove me and changed me, but it didn’t stop me

My journey has taught me how important a support system is and how your tribe can really help you thrive in times of darkness.

I owe my life to rugby because without it I wouldn’t be here today.”

Read more of her story here: https://www.wru.wales/article/robyn-remains-lock-solid-after-battling-cancer/

SIMON MASON

FORMER IRELAND, ULSTER & BENETTON

SENIOR CAREER: Ulster, Stade Francais, Benetton Treviso

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Ireland

“When you have been part of a sport for over 40 years it tends to run through your veins!  

I have been blessed to be part of this great game at every level. Initially playing minis (as a six-year-old) and grassroots rugby, to representing Ireland and winning a European Cup with Ulster. I have been fortunate to play for top clubs in Ireland, England, France, and Italy. 

The one consistent that has been in every corner of my journey, our biggest opponent, has been cancer. 

Every teammate, supporter, friend, and member of the support staff have been directly or indirectly affected by this wretched disease. My biggest fans throughout my rugby career were my parents and losing both to cancer brought home the cruelty of this disease.

Playing rugby teaches you many things, the joy of winning and at times the despair of losing but more than anything rugby’s virtue is that through unity comes great strength.

So, to be asked to be a Champion for Rugby Against Cancer is a great honour and privilege.  It is also fitting to apply the anthem of the great rugby family that is Munster, “STAND UP AND FIGHT”.”

Cai Griffiths

London Welsh RFC

CURRENT TEAM: London Welsh RFC

SENIOR CAREER: Ospreys, London Irish, Neath

“I’m excited to be an Ambassador for Rugby Against Cancer. I have been monitoring this great charity for a while now, once I knew exactly what they did and how they support people affected by cancer in the rugby family I had to get involved and volunteer.” 

Cancer does not discriminate and can affect anybody, so we want to be there for those that need it. Be that rugby players who have been diagnosed with cancer, the family of rugby players or those that don’t play anymore but are still involved in the rugby community. 

I really hope I can add value and highlight that there is support for people who are dealing with cancer. Please get behind Rugby Against Cancer and support where you can.”

Donna Rose

Saracens Women

CURRENT TEAM: Saracens

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Wales

Donna has played rugby since she was 16, starting on the wing for Ellingham and Ringwood Rugby Club. She then Captained Trojans Rugby Club for 100 caps, playing 150 games in total for the side. 

Donna plays for the Rugby Against Cancer Women’s team, plus actively fundraisers for the Charity taking part in Trek 2 Twickers 2020 where she was part of the team of walkers that raised over £19,000

“I’ve loved and lost because of this horrific disease. I’ve played rugby for 13 years and my proudest moment was playing for Rugby Against Cancer.”

IOAN LLOYD

BRISTOL BEARS & WALES

CURRENT TEAM: Bristol Bears

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Wales & Wales U18

“Cancer is something that has an impact on so many families and the people around us every day. It is a disease which has affected my family, and is very close to my heart. 

The opportunity to be an ambassador for a great charity in Rugby Against Cancer is a massive honour, allowing me to hopefully help some families in our rugby community affected by this disease in any way I can!”

Kim oliver

Bristol Bears & England

SENIOR CAREER: Bristol Bears

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: England

“I want to be involved with Rugby Against Cancer because cancer has not only impacted myself and my family but also so many people that I care about.

Cancer is a horrible illness and can be so progressive in such a short amount of time. What Rugby Against Cancer is doing to help support immediate families that have been affected by cancer is truly something that inspired me and I knew as soon as I learnt more that I would want to be involved and help out in any way I can.

Rugby Against Cancer are giving us an opportunity to come together and support people that are going through dreadful times because of this heartless illness.

I can’t wait to get started.” 

Matt Williams

London Irish

SENIOR CAREER: London Irish

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: England U20s

“The impacts of cancer are felt throughout all communities in the world and the effects on individuals and their families can be devastating. Rugby against cancer is a great charity that aims to support rugby players and their families who have been affected by cancer. I’m incredibly proud to be an ambassador and can’t wait to be a part of this awesome charity whilst it continues to grow and aid members of the rugby community through their battles with cancer.”

Ollie Hassell-Collins

London irish

SENIOR CAREER: London Irish

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: England U18s & U20s

“I’m delighted to be part of the RAC team, it’s such an amazing cause. Cancer affects people in many different and awful ways. I hope that I can use my platform to help those who have been affected and spread awareness. I’m really looking forward to working with everyone at RAC and supporting fundraising opportunities.”

Tom Varndell

Former England & Premiership Rugby Player

SENIOR CAREER: Leicester Tigers, Bedford Blues, Wasps, Bristol Bears, South China Tigers, Yorkshire Carnegie, Bury St Edmunds

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: England & England 7s

“During my rugby career I have been involved with a lot of charities at one time or another, but I have to say that Rugby Against Cancer is something special.

Not only is it raising money for a fantastic cause, it does so by bringing the whole rugby family togetherness. This for me is so special. Rugby is a game that has given me so much happiness and for the game and its amazing qualities, togetherness, teamwork, strength and enjoy enjoyment to name a few, to be used to raise awareness for something that does have such a huge effect on people everywhere is brilliant.

When I came to an event down in Portsmouth and walked into the rugby club I was blown away by the hundreds of friendly faces who were there, to not only enjoy the day and have fun, but to show their support and for all the people who are affected by cancer daily.

Rugby Against Cancer for me is essential to not only for the rugby community who are affected by the disease but anyone who has been affected. To have a community and network who you can rely on for support is essential, and that is something this fantastic charity can provide.”

Vickii Cornborough

Harlequins & England

SENIOR CAREER: Harlequins

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: England

“Cancer stinks. We live in a world where we and our loved ones are likely to be affected in some way.

But I’ve also seen the incredible difference Rugby Against Cancer can have to fight back. How the charity has grown spectacularly and our rugby family unites together against this disease to raise funds and awareness, so no one has to go through it alone.

Rugby has given me so much, and I am humbled to be given the opportunity to help give back with RAC.”

Will Spencer

Bath Rugby

CURRENT TEAM: Bath Rugby

SENIOR CAREER: Leicester Tigers, Worcester Warriors & London Welsh

Growing up in Hampshire, Will played rugby at Swanmore College and Petersfield RFC before being drafted into the London Irish Academy. 

Following Will Spencer’s guest appearance at the Rugby Against Cancer match on Boxing Day 2018, he agreed to become an ambassador for the charity.

Will expressed his delight in being able to support such a charity. He has family members and friends that have been affected by the disease and he hopes that his involvement will help further raise the profile of the charity.