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​Medicals take on Gosforth in memory of former club president to mark World Stroke Day

Press Release   •   Oct 25, 2016 16:04 BST

This World Stroke Day, Medicals RFC will take on Gosforth RFC on Saturday 29 October, to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association in memory of Danie Serfontein, the clubs’ former president.

An accomplished player and well respected administrator, Danie passed away in July 2015 after a stroke. This Saturday will see the launch of the Serfontein Inaugural Cup in memory of Danie. The two teams will go head to head to raise funds for the Stroke Association, Medicals RFC’s chosen charity of the season.

Medicals RFC will also be officially naming a stand at the ground after their former president in a ceremony at 2:40pm. In addition to the match, which is open to the public, more than 65 friends, family and former players will come together to enjoy a fundraising dinner beforehand, with all funds from ticket sales going to the Stroke Association.

Danie’s family members will present the Serfontein Inaugural Cup to the winning team in a presentation following the match, with a fundraising quiz and raffle afterwards.

Greg Haynes, player and event organiser, said: “I’ve been at the club for seven years and Danie was always at every match. No matter the weather; he never missed a game. We’ve chosen to raise funds for the Stroke Association in his memory to help others affected by stroke to get the support they need.”

Lauren Flint, Community and Events Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Medicals RFC for supporting the Stroke Association. Without the efforts of fundraisers, we wouldn’t be able to support the 16,200 people in the North East who are living with the effects of stroke, as well as their families and carers.”

For more information about stroke, visit stroke.org.uk or call the helpline on 0303 3033 100.

A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is one of the largest causes of disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.  

Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk