Following the death of his dear friend James Pullen (fondly known as Pud) at the age of 28 years in December 2015; Tom Corns, together, with friends and family, organised a memorial rugby match in James’s honour. The game was played at Wells Rugby Club on Friday 13th May 2016 to support the charity, The Forever Friends Appeal at the Bath’s Royal United Hospital, and in aid of their Cancer Care Campaign.
James’s family, Dad Dave; Mum Sarah, together with Sister Ellie wanted to support the Appeal in memory of their wonderful son and brother to give something back to the RUH, as a thank you for the brilliant care that James received during his battle with cancer of 6 years.
The match, played between Butleigh with a representational team from Wells, was made up of people who went to school, played rugby or was coached by James. Before the main senior match, a junior game was also held between Wells and Castle Cary under 15s – Pud played junior rugby for Wells and was a rampaging outside centre. Although, he stopped playing during the later years, he still socialised with many of the members and visitors of the club, and therefore his tragic loss touched the lives of many people in and around the rugby community in Wells.
A great evening of fun was had by all from the excitement of the game, to the post match BBQ and drinks, toasting and remembering such a wonderful man who was very much loved by everyone. The evening raised a fantastic £2,542.59 for the Cancer Care Campaign raising funds towards the build of a new Cancer Centre at the RUH. Tremendous support was given by so many organisations and individuals, from the generosity of the sponsors of raffle prizes, the printing of the programmes to the designing of the match shirts. A special thank you was given to the players themselves who took part in the game (juniors and seniors), to the referees and touch judges, and ex Bath Rugby player Danny Grewcock who presented the trophy to the winners.
In Memory & Legacy Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jan Witt, comments “We are always extremely grateful to the hundreds of families who wish to support our fundraising work for the RUH in loving memory of their loved ones. Tom, James’s family and friends, are incredibly inspirational raising so much money in such difficult circumstances. Knowing, that their support towards the new Cancer Centre in honour of James will help transform care for patients and their families living with cancer around the hospital’s catchment area, I hope, may provide them with some small comfort.