Otley Rugby Club to host charity matches in memory of student

Otley Rugby Club to host charity matches in memory of student

Published at 3:30pm 21st December 2017. (Updated at 3:35pm 21st December 2017)

A student from Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley is going to be remembered on Boxing Day.

Fundraisers have organised three charity rugby matches after Jack Hurst, who was in Year 13, died from a brain tumour.

The Prince Henry's Barbarians, who are ex-students, will face Otley Rugby Club at Cross Green.

There will also be an Over-40s game, with Prince Henry's players dressed as Santa and Otley dressed as elves, and an Under-13s match.

The event is going to raise money for Prince Henry's and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Jack's father, Dan, and brother, George, will both be there on the day.

Chris Smith, who was one of Jack's teachers, said: "We've had 40 ex-students express a wish to play, so I think it's testament to how much of an impact Jack had on people and how much people want to remember him.

"Jack wanted to carry on coming to school and be an active member of the local gym.

"A matter of weeks before he passed away, he was still chatting to myself in the gym, asking how I was getting on, when everyone wanted to know how he was doing. It was just a sign of the humility and bravery of the man."

The charity event will be held at Otley Rugby Club from 11.30am on Boxing Day.

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