Meadow Lane in Nottingham will play host to two immense
challenges this Mother's Day (Sunday 30 March).
Nottingham Rugby legend David Jackson will battle the conditions
between Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds and Meadow Lane as he
takes to his bike to raise money for Headway - the brain injury
Joined by a group of 18 keen supporters who have been inspired
by the recently retired Jackson's courage, he will take on the 82
mile journey with the aim of arriving at the Green and White's home
ground before kick-off at 3pm having completed the Nottingham Rugby
Charity Cycle Challenge.
While completing the final preparation for his challenge,
Jackson commented, "I was lucky enough to play over 300 games for
Nottingham, but in December 2013 I was given the advice to stop
playing rugby after an MRI scan showed I'd suffered a small bleed
to my brain.
"It was a difficult time in my life, but I wanted to put a
positive spin on the situation. I have suffered with common
symptoms of Post Concussive Syndrome like headaches, memory loss
and depression and still suffer from seeing stars on a regular
"However, many other head injury victims suffer far worse
injuries which can affect their lives in a much larger capacity.
I'm fortunate that my daily life isn't vastly affected, so I wanted
to do something to help those in a worse situation.
"Headway, being based in Nottingham, is a great fit for me and
they do a fantastic job supporting people and their families with
head injuries. The idea of the cycle challenge was to raise
awareness of the charity, the effects of head injuries and also
generate valuable funds for the charity.
"The response I've had from people so far has been fantastic and
I'm now looking forward to the ride on Sunday and I'll be doing my
best to get there for the 3pm kick off!"
You can donate online at www.justgiving.com/nottinghamrugby
Jackson will be holding an auction after the game in the Meadow
Lane sports bar, where one of the lots available is the last ever
shirt he wore in a league game for Nottingham, signed by Jackson
On the pitch Jackson's former team mates have the challenge of
taking on Leeds Carnegie in the Greene King IPA Championship as
they look to finish their season on a high. The visitors look
certain to secure their place in the end of season play-offs for
promotion to the Premiership, so Nottingham will have to be at
their best to secure a much needed victory.
Aside from the two main events there will be a selection of
other entertainment around Meadow Lane. The
Radcliffe-On-Trent Male Voice Choir will be performing throughout
the afternoon and supporters will have the opportunity at half time
to win their height in beer and the chance to play in a touch rugby
competition at Twickenham.
Tickets are available by calling the Nottingham Rugby office on