Bourne rugby youngsters in inflatable fun run for crash survivor

Neil Wood, Kieran McFarlane (back third and fourth right) and members of Bourne under-17s rugby team who have entered the Peterborough 5k Inflatable Fun Run for charity.  Photo by Hannah Clark.
Neil Wood, Kieran McFarlane (back third and fourth right) and members of Bourne under-17s rugby team who have entered the Peterborough 5k Inflatable Fun Run for charity. Photo by Hannah Clark.
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Young sportsmen from Bourne are ready for a team game with a difference to raise money for a father-of-two seriously injured in a road crash.

A team of youngsters from Bourne Rugby Club have entered the Peterborough 5k Inflatable Obstacle Run on Saturday in support for club member Neil Wood (36) who was seriously injured in an accident last August.

Players from Bourne’s under-17 rugby team and some of Neil’s team-mates from the senior squad have signed up for the event at the East of England Arena in aid of Bourne Fire Station and Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

Kieran McFarlane (16), a student at Bourne Grammar School who came up with the idea, said: “I saw the obstacle run advertised on Facebook and thought it would be something I’d like to do myself.

“Then I met a couple of people from the rugby club who were also interested in it, having known that Neil was involved in a car accident in Edenham last year.

“We asked Neil’s wife where they wanted the money to go and she nominated Bourne Fire Station and the air ambulance.

“I’m chuffed to bits with the under-17s as I didn’t really know any of them before and I’ve been pushing the fundraising massively

Neil Wood, Bourne Rugby Union Football Club

“A fundraising target has been set of £1,500 and I’ve had a quick chat with Neil who thanked me for the gesture.”

Neil was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, with what were reported to be life-threatening injuries after the car he was in and a lorry collided in Main Street, Edenham.

The crash left Neil in a coma for about two months but he is now on the road to recovery, helped by the speedy response of both Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and Bourne Fire Station.

He said: “I’m chuffed to bits with the under-17s as I didn’t really know any of them before, except just to say ‘hello’ to in passing.

“But all seniors got one of them to mentor throughout the season and I got Kieran.

“Sadly. I pretty much had the accident straight after that and I’ve not been able to do any mentoring with him.

“However, I’m trying to get down to some of their training sessions and games before the end of season to support them, like they are doing for me.”

“I’ve also been pushing the fundraising massively on Facebook for which we’re nearly up to £800 which is fantastic and I’ve promised to be at the finish line on Saturday.”

To sponsor Kieran, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kieran-Mcfarlane2