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Jacko and Malk Make Headway Ahead of Cycling Challenge

Nottingham Rugby legend David 'Jacko' Jackson and Malcolm Hall, Managing Director of Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies, spent a morning at the headquarters of brain injury charity Headway, as they gear up for a cycling challenge.

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Jackson was forced to retire from professional rugby in December 2013 on medical advice after suffering concussion during pre-season training.  His injury left him experiencing blurred vision, headaches and bouts of depression.

Being the driven, passionate and enthusiastic individual he is though, he immediately looked for ways to use what had happened to him to do some good. 

He devised the Nottingham Rugby Cycling Challenge which will see Jacko and a group of supporters take on the 80 mile ride from Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds to Meadow Lane in Nottingham on Sunday 30th March before the two sides meet on the pitch.


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The challenge will raise money for Headway, the brain injury charity that offers practical help and support to people and the families of individuals who have been affected by brain injuries.

Jackson said, "It was really good to spend a morning learning about the great work that Headway is doing to help people who have suffered brain injuries.  It's reassuring to know that there is someone there to help when something happens that changes your life.

"The Nottingham Rugby Cycling Challenge will hopefully raise a lot of money for the charity while also raising awareness of the tremendous work that they're doing.  I'd like to thank everyone who has donated so far and hope many more people will follow suit."


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Malcolm Hall, Managing Director of valued Nottingham Rugby sponsor, Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies has signed up to join David after being inspired by his determination and passion to make a difference.

He said, "David is a great guy who's had a tough break but he refused to let it keep him down.  He's a great character that people have a lot of time for and I'm looking forward to being part of this challenge with him.  It's a tough ask to complete 80 miles in the time frame but I'm sure with David leading the way we'll achieve our aims and raise a lot of money for Headway."

David, Malcolm and the rest of the team will arrive at Meadow Lane before Nottingham Rugby face Leeds Carnegie in the Greene King IPA Championship.  Kick off is at 3pm and tickets are available by calling the Nottingham Rugby office on 0115 9070070.

For more details about the challenge and to donate, visit or text "NRFC £amount" to 70070. Anyone interested in joining the ride can either tweet David @JackoNR or e-mail him at


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