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Tigers fan raises £3,000 for Hambo

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Tigers fan Arthur Baxter has raised £3000 for a number of charities including The Matt Hampson Foundation after completing a 95-mile sponsored walk to local rugby clubs across the East Midlands.

Arthur from Swallow, Market Rasen, started his walk from Market Rasen RUFC, onto Lincoln RUFC, Newark RUFC  and then onto Kesteven RUFC in Grantham. From Grantham he travelled to Melton Mowbray RUFC, and then onto visit the site of the new Matt Hampson Foundation ‘Get Busy Living Centre’ in Burrough-on-the-Hill. 

From here, Arthur then walked to Syston RFC before finishing his walk at the home of Leicester Tigers.

The five-day sponsored walk saw Arthur walk over 95 miles in total and met former Tiger Louis Deacon at the Get Busy Living Centre. He was also greeted by Leicester Tigers head of community Scott Clarke upon arriving at Welford Road. 

The club presented Arthur with a rugby ball signed by all the current Leicester Tigers first team as a raffle prize to go towards the money raised. 

Arthur said: “I’m really proud to have completed my sponsored walk and raise money for all involved. It was a lot tougher than I expected and the weather wasn’t on my side at times. I have certainly made new friends which would not have happened if I had not taken up the challenge.

It’s been great to have the support of local rugby clubs and hopefully the money raised will go towards improving local rugby as well as supporting the great work of The Matt Hampson Foundation. Thanks to all who sponsored me and supported me along the way.”