Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Star Joins Jack as Fundraiser Aims for Record

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Star Joins Jack as Fundraiser Aims for Record

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A TEENAGE rugby player who broke his back during a game has returned to the pitch to support a fundraising event at his old school.

Jack Smith, 17, from Sedgefield, was left paralysed after he was injured playing for Billingham Under-17s last year.

Staff and pupils at Hurworth House School, Hurworth, near Darlington, decided to help raise funds so Jack can buy a special wheelchair to use when he plays for Bulls, a North Shields team for tetraplegic players.

The fundraising venture could see could see the staff and pupils entered into the Guinness Book of Records for the greatest number of rugby passes made without dropping the ball.

The whole school turned out to take part in a practice run with the help of Newcastle Falcons centre Tom Dillon and Jack himself.

The school exceeded the current record of 261 passes on several unofficial runs.

And the event has currently raised pounds 1,134 with more sponsor forms yet to come in. …

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