Oxford win for fifth time in a row at charity Varsity Match against Cambridge

11 December 2014

Oxford University has gained a record fifth consecutive win against Cambridge in the ‘Battle of the Blues’ on 11 December, raising vital funding for our charity in the process.

Alastair Hignell — former England rugby international and now trustee of our charity — presented a touching video shown at half time introducing the charity partnership and asking supporters to dig deep:

As well as raising money for our charity, the event had a minute’s silence before the match to commemorate the 55 Blues who lost their lives in service in World War One.

‘It has been 40 years since I first ran out of the changing rooms at Twickenham. Although the sport and the Varsity Match have both changed, the values that make both great remain the same.

‘I am honoured to be representing Leonard Cheshire Disability at the Varsity Match. It is an incredible charity that supports disabled people around the world to fulfil their potential and live the life they choose.’ — Alastair Hignell

Downton Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt chats with two people who use our servicesA number of people who use our services were not only at the match but also a special reception with invited guests, including some of our supporters and rugby legends.

Also at the reception was Downton Abbey actress (and now Golden Globe nominee!) Joanne Froggatt, much to the delight of fan Tony Perry from Seven Springs care home.

‘It was really exciting to meet Joanne — it has made my day. She spent time talking to everyone on our table and was so friendly.’ — Tony

Rugby star Rob Andrew was there to enjoy a lively Q&A session with Alastair Hignell and BBC commentator Ian Robertson.

Rob Andrew, Alastair Hignell and Leonard Cheshire Disability chief executive Clare Pelham

Following the reception, the guests joined the thousands of rugby fans in Twickenham stadium to watch the match.

Antony Mason and Thomas Edwards both live at Bells Piece. ‘It was a really intense match,’ said Antony.

‘What a great day! It was great to see the players live. The atmosphere was really good.’ — Thomas

The final score was 43–6 to Oxford. Whether you're a rugby fan or not, there's still time to support our work and donate £5:

  • Congratulate the winners by texting OXFORD to 70660.
  • Send your commiserations by texting CAMBRIDGE to 70660.

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