Rugby stars come together in support of Lee Audis

27 February 2012

An afternoon of brilliant sunshine, attracted a large Sunday crowd of 1,500 to the Recreation Ground for a fund raising event in support of former Bath Rugby player, Lee Audis.

Lee, who plays scrum-half for the Doncaster Knights club, suffered life-threatening injuries after a car accident in December and is currently recovering in Frenchay Hospital.

Family friends and relatives rallied round, and produced a memorable fund-raising event at the Rec, raffle prizes, bucket collections and a post-match Auction accompanied some champagne rugby from two All Stars Invitation Teams playing Touch Rugby on the Rec.  To raise further funds Premiership players donated items for a kit sale in the clubhouse.

Amongst those able to support the event on the pitch were Rec favourites, Davey Wilson, Jack Cuthbert, Chris Cook, Olly Barkley, Danny Grewcock, Matt Perry, Guy Mercer, Josh Ovens and Mark Lilley.

The Burns Family, who were a driving force in the organisation of the event, both on and off the pitch, and were ever present, with Jack, Billy, and Freddie (Gloucester) playing amongst players from Gloucester Rugby and Doncaster Knights, including former England 7s star Ollie Phillips.

Organiser Jack Burns said: "Thanks are due to Bath Rugby's CEO Nick Blofeld, for supporting us with this fund-raising event by granting permission to play on the Rec, the provision of the changing room and bar facilities and the stewards, and the presence of Clubhouse Manager Dean Quintin, Bath Rugby's John Harrison, and PA announcer Alastair Steel, helped make it a great fund raising event." 

Freddie Burns, Gloucester Rugby fly-half added, "On behalf of the Audis Family, thanks to all the players who gave so freely of their time to support the cause, it was a great day, and the player and the crowd showed how there is a bigger rugby family that can assist others in adversity. The funds raised at the Rec will go a long way to assisting in Lee's rehabilitation."

After the match Lee's parents, Jan and Tony, were presented with an original Bath Rugby "Helphire" playing jersey worn by Lee Audis (9) and autographed by Lee when he was with Bath Rugby - a great memento for the family!

Watch BBC Points West this evening to see how much was raised on the day and for further details on how you can support Lee in his recovery.



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