Company boss donates big cheque to IPF

  • Alex Ross suffered head injury
  • Ross family received help from IPF
  • Chris Ross donated £10,000 to IPF last week

When 16-year-old Alex Ross suffered a head injury playing for Bolton School, his family was impressed with the way the RFU Injured Players Foundation were there offering support from day one.

A bleed on the brain was operated on and Alex made a good recovery to go on to Nottingham University to study Politics Philosophy and Economics.  He was at Twickenham Stadium as England played France in the RBS 6 Nations to see his father Chris, present a £10,000 cheque to the IPF.

Chris is Managing Director of J K Ross, a health and safety clothing and equipment specialist for a wide range of industries. He said: “The IPF is now the company charity and when we had a dinner to mark our 40th anniversary, we sold tables to suppliers and raised £5,000 and matched it to make it up to £10,000.

“When Alex had a serious head injury, the IPF appeared like magic and couldn’t do enough for us. Whether you are playing for school or club everyone in the rugby pantheon is treated the same. We had never heard of the IPF before Alex was injured but in those situations you certainly know that they are there.”

Receiving the cheque in Twickenham’s specially adapted IPF hospitality box, Paul Murphy IPF Chair of Trustees said: “I want to say thank you from all of our clients for this generous donation. As the RFU funds the running of the charity every penny will go to helping those who sustain a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury while playing the game in England.”

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