RUGBY Football Union President Richard Appleby and former British Lions player Roger Uttley joined forces to support a golf event in Northumberland.
The RFU chief presented the prizes at the Ali Johnson Memorial Golf event at Dunstanburgh Castle GC in Northumberland on Friday, October 8, 2010, while former England , Northumberland and Gosforth player Uttley joined the other entrants in tackling the fine 18-hole, 6298 yard, par 70 course at Embleton.
“My family have a long connection with Embleton and Dunstanburgh is a real treat and a great challenge. Meeting up with a lot of old friends provided a great rugby occasion in support of a very worthwhile cause, ” says the 23-handicap President, a member at The Northumberland Golf Club at Gosforth Park
Alan Black, one of the organisers said: “We’re delighted that The President and Roger are supporting the event and we also had some very good prizes donated.”
Ali Johnson, who died in 2008, was paralysed after sustaining a broken neck playing rugby union for Tynedale RFC in 2004 and funds from the day will be directed to finalising the completion of a purpose-built house at the family farm at Coanwood, Haltwhistle to enable it to be used as a holiday home for disabled people with the mobility issues which Ali faced with immense determination.