Chew Valley Rugby Club to hold memorial fundraiser for Abbie Dougherty this Saturday

By Chew Valley Gazette in Local People

When 26 year old Abbie Dougherty was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year her biggest wish was to raise as much money as possible for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Determined to see her wish come true friends, family and Abbie’s team mates at Chew Valley Rugby Club rallied together to organise a massive party and rugby match. The event raised over £40,000 which when combined with other fundraising efforts took the total up to £60,000, a staggering amount to raise in the space of one week and no finer testament to how beloved Abbie was in the community.

"Abbie was overwhelmed by the support and generosity we received last year," said friend Danni Watts. "This year we are hoping for the same again in her memory."

In memory of Abbie who passed away just a few weeks after her fundraiser last year, this Saturday Chew Valley Rugby Club will be opening its gates from 2pm for a day of fun, food, festivities and rugby. Tickets are £10 for adults with children free.

At 3pm Chew Valley Cats will take on Chew Valley Men, last year the men donned wellies before taking on the ladies of the Chew Valley Cats which made the match quite a spectacle. Following this exhibition match at 3:45 Chew Valley will take on Bristol.

Alongside the rugby and throughout the day and into the night there will be a bouncy castle, Cake Stand, Chew Moos Ice Cream, Cocktail Bar, Outdoor Bar, Glitter Station, Hog Roast and Marquee with music from Gary Magic and Craig Knight.

There will be an auction at 6pm, and organisers are appealing for donations to the auction.

If you would like to donate a prize please contact Porge Bryant on, call 07884184734 to email Danni Watts on

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