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Rugby players run 6k a day for school nurse in Uganda

Shirley Crawford in Uganda

A group of amateur rugby players from West Yorkshire are running 6 kilometres a day throughout June to raise money for their former school nurse who left behind everything to move to Uganda and help AIDs orphans.

Shirley Crawford moved to Africa over a year ago and has been voluntarily caring for, and nursing, AIDSs orphans, rescued child soldiers, and war-effected children in Gulu. She’s working with the charities Fathers Heart Ministries and Watoto.

Shirley was a senior sister at Woodhouse Grove in Apperley Bridge for many years, but left behind her family and career to move to Uganda permanently.

Seven Old Grovians players taking part in challenge

Now seven players from Old Grovians RUFC – all former pupils at Woodhouse Grove School – are running 6K a day, every day, for the second year in a row.

The team’s captain, Chris Blackhall, said:

"In total we will cover about 1200km over the month. But Shirley has been working tirelessly in Uganda so the pain is worth it."

Last year they did the same challenge and raised more than £2000.

For more information on their campaign, click here.

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