Pronto Rugby raises funds for Autism East Midlands

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A group of national rugby players have teamed up to raise funds for Autism East Midlands through a series of games.

Pronto Rugby was formed earlier this year to play the game whilst raising money for charity. They've chosen both AEM and the mental health charity, The Lightclub Club, as their chosen charities until December 2024.

They have also taken part in an overseas tour in Bangkok, where they visited a local special educational needs school. They spent time with the school children and donated much-needed stationary to the school.

So far they've played nine games and raised more than £2,340 at games and through community activities such as raffles and auctions.

"We're a group of friends who have been brought together through rugby across the country and around the world," explained Lee, who is one of the leading members of the growing group of players. "We share a love for rugby and have all played at various levels throughout our careers. Some still play regularly and others dust off the boots purely for a Pronto Rugby event or social. We share our passion when it comes to supporting our charities for the year."

Both of the causes have close connections to many of the founder members, which adds a personal touch to what they do, added Lee. He has two children who are diagnosed with autism and he ran the London Marathon in 2016 in aid of autism charities.

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