Extreme rugby challenege raises money for charity

Date posted: 12/04/2011

London Irish players turned out during half time on Sunday to congratulate father and son Jim and Ollie Adkins, who have raised thousands of pounds for charity by completing a unique challenge.

In October Jim, 54, and twenty-year-old Ollie from Berkshire climbed Mount Kilimanjaro while passing a specially designed Gilbert rugby ball between them an incredible 22, 775 times.

Named ‘The Sunshine Challenge’, the 19,330 foot climb took them five days to complete, climbing for seven hours each day and then a gruelling 15 hours on the final day where temperatures at the summit plummeted to -200.

The pair have raised a fantastic £6,000 for their chosen charities WaterAid, Tag Rugby Trust and local charities in Uganda.

Those who sponsored Jim or Ollie were invited to guess the total number of passes they would make with the rugby ball to win a prize. Guesses ranged from 1,000 to 60,000. The winners, both from Berkshire, were Ernie Rodgers, who guessed 22111, winning a rugby ball signed by the England team, and Kim Worth who won a ball signed the Barbarians team with her guess of 23465.