GALLERY: March Bears take on Scotty’s Little Soldiers XV and also stages fun day for armed forces charity

15:06 02 September 2014

Scotty's Little Soldiers v March Bears. Picture: Barry Giddings.

Scotty's Little Soldiers v March Bears. Picture: Barry Giddings.

Barry Giddings

Many of the players who took part in the world record longest rugby match last year were reunited for another game in March on Saturday ... to their collective relief a standard 80 minute contest.

The match, at Elm Road Sports Field, saw March Bears take on a team assembled by armed forces charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports the children of men and women killed whilst serving in the British Armed Forces.

It was founded by Walpole St Andrew widow Nikki Scott, whose late husband Corporal Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

As well as the match there was a fun day, which included a raffle, bouncy castle, fairground rides and entertainment in the evening.

March Bears has strong links with the charity - former soldier and club stalwart Simon Whittaker was one of 44 men who slugged it out for 24 hours 50 minutes at Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road stadium to raise £60,000 for Scotty’s Little Soldiers last June.

Whittaker, who retired from the armed forces last year, served in the same regiment as Corporal Scott for eight years.

The club also proudly displays the Scotty’s Little Soldiers logo on their rugby shirts.

Mrs Scott said: “It was fantastic that March Bears had chosen to support Scotty’s for a second year.

“It was clear to see so much effort and time had gone into organising the event and we would like to thank everyone involved.

“Without people fundraising and arranging events such us this one we would not be able to continue to support bereaved military children like we do.”

You can find out more about the charity at 01553 763000 or at www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk

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