Thousands of pounds was raised by dedicated friends and family members of Jack Fishwick who was paralysed in a rugby accident.

Jack’s former club, Wimbledon RFC, hosted a rugby sevens tournament on Saturday, July 26, which saw 700 people pass through the gates to play rugby and enjoy the atmosphere including live music and awards giving.

About £15,000 was raised in entry fees and donations to contribute to the 26-year-old’s ongoing rehabilitation after he broke his neck during a match in March this year.

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Jack with Wimbledon RFC (Old Guard).

Jack, who had lived in Wimbledon for three years, remains in Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire where he is undergoing rehabilitation.

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Wimbledon RFC first team skipper Chris Lewis said: “I think he had a great time.

“He saw a lot of people he hasn’t seen since the accident and there was a nice atmosphere.

“There was a live band, and people stayed until the early hours.”

Chris said Jack was on the sidelines watching the games throughout the afternoon and made a short speech at the awards presentation afterwards.

Money raised will go to the Jack Fishwick Discretionary Trust Fund.

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Beckenham RFC -one of the teams that took part in the sevens tournament.

The next event will be a black tie dinner at the Harlequins’ Stoop in Twickenham on November 4. For information contact Angela Baker on