Burntwood to hold charity rugby tournament in memory of Charlotte Lloyd

A rugby day in Burntwood will raise money for a mental health charity.

The third annual Charlotte Lloyd Memorial Tournament will take place tomorrow (April 16).

The event has been organised by Charlotte’s father, David Cund, following the death of his daughter in 2014 following a long struggle with mental health problems.

Seven teams will compete in the competition at The Sportsway as part of the fundraiser for charity Mind.

David, who is glad to be organising a third event after a successful launch in 2014, says: “We were able to donate £1,000 to Mind after around 400 people attended our tournament last year and, so far, the Charlotte Lloyd Memorial Fund has raised over £4,000,” David said. “The idea came from a conversation at Charlotte’s funeral and with the support and backing of a number of Charlotte’s friends, colleagues and the army it grew into something much bigger.

“Charlotte loved her rugby, as she loved life itself – as so many of her friends told me how much they admired her strength, determination and sheer zest for life, so we’re delighted to be able to find a tribute that not only celebrates her rugby achievements, but also her love of life.

“It always is a bitter sweet day for us all, but we’re determined it will be a fun day which will help us to raise money for Mind.”

Gates open for the event at 12pm with first round matches kicking-off at 12.30pm. The final match will finish at around 5pm, followed by an awards ceremony and raffle draw. The rest of the evening will see a DJ and live group perform with celebrations continuing into the night.

Vicky Urquhart, from Mind, added: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to David as well as all of Charlotte’s friends and family for creating this wonderful event to celebrate Charlotte’s life.

“They have truly gone above and beyond and their dedication and commitment will allow Mind to continue providing vital support for people who need it, when they need it the most.”

The event is free and also features food stalls and games. To reserve a ticket visit the booking website.

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