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‘May the force be with us’ plea for Legends’ Sunday fundraiser

April 30, 2014

TWO LEGENDS TOGETHER: VK Legends boss Chris King by the town centre statue of Nuneaton's most famous daughter - novelist George Eliot

TWO LEGENDS TOGETHER: VK Legends boss Chris King by the town centre statue of Nuneaton’s most famous daughter – novelist George Eliot

A RECORD-breaking charity fundraiser is making an eleventh-hour plea for a volunteer force to man its main event this weekend.

The Nuneaton-based VK Legends organisation is desperate for helpers to plug the gaps caused by a last-minute fall-out in assistance for Sunday’s May The Fourth Be With You family day out.

The event’s organisers need 20 more “bodies” on the day to cover the loss of key members of its volunteer including the army cadets.

“We desperately need help to man the barricades on Sunday for what is our biggest event of the year,” said VK Legends boss Chris King.

“We’ve come up short with the fundraiser just days away. I reckon about 20 extra volunteers will see us right,” he added.

The Nuneaton Old Eds Rugby Club ground in Weddington Road is the setting for the continuation of the phenomenal success of the VK Legends brand – with more than £46,000 amassed in the last three years with the small band of helpers holding the title of reigning champions of fundraising for Cancer Research UK in Warwickshire.

Chris has personally climbed a physical and emotional mountain after setting up, along with brother Nick, the fundraising money-spinner in 2011 – in memory of their father Vaughan who was a regional rugby legend in the 1980s, playing for the Nuns, Coventry and captaining Rugby Lions.

Vaughan lost a personal battle to lung cancer in February 2007 and his death has been the more poignant for his 36-year-old son Chris who has twice beaten the disease himself – as a teenager in 1996, which ended his blossoming rugby career, and again four years ago.

The first year – in 2011 – saw the event raise £11,000 and 2012 added close on £27,000. Last year’s fun day – and other related events – added £8,000 to the Cancer Research UK coffers.

Chris added: “We have now raised a staggering total of £46,167 for Cancer Research UK since we started – that makes us the charity’s biggest fundraiser in the county at the moment. We are determined to break the £50,000 barrier this year.”

vk day 005 DSC_0034The action kicks off at 10am on the Quadro pitch with a sporting timetable of community rugby throughout the day plus a falconry display, fun fair and stalls scheduled for the Sunday May 4 fundraiser.

The mini rugby festival will see teams representing Nuneaton Under 8s, 9s, 11s in action while Nuneaton Under 15s will play a mid-day match against Preston Grasshoppers for the Jordan Cobby Cup.

Nuneaton Under 14s face Earlsdon for the Jez Simpson Memorial Trophy at 2pm and the ruby is rounded off at 4pm with the ever popular exhibition match – this year between VK Legends and Sons of Old Eds.

MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS: A minute's silence for Vaughan King plus action from last year's event at the Old Eds ground

MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS: A minute’s silence for Vaughan King plus action from last year’s event at the Old Eds ground

Over on the D & R Meats pitch, entertainment for the whole family will include rides, slides and inflatables; magic by Coventry’s David Michaels; birds of prey demonstrations; ferret racing; a kids zone and regular sightings of mascot Legend the Lion.

The May The Fourth Be With You event reaches a finale with a 9pm fireworks display by Jonathan’s Fireworks – with the event scheduled to finish at midnight.

Anyone who wants to get involved can simply call Chris on 07463 339237 or email him at Chris_vklegends@aol.com
You can follow VK Legends on twitter @VKLegends; on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/VK-Legends-for-Cancer-research-UK/403856826297884 and Giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/vklegends4

TROLLEY GOOD SHOW: Legend the Lion with three-year-old Nuneaton youngster Sam Precious at an Asda bag-packing fundraiser

TROLLEY GOOD SHOW: Legend the Lion with three-year-old Nuneaton youngster Sam Precious at an Asda bag-packing fundraiser

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