Brecon Beacons set to host charity rugby game for Gonzo tomorrow

Thursday 16th June 2022 4:00 pm
Gonzo inset over a photo of Pen y Fan
Andrew “Gonzo” Williams inset over a photo of Pen y Fan (Beacons by Dawidx on Pixabay - Gonzo photo supplied )

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Tomorrow is set to see the highest Brecon Beacons peak as the backdrop for a 24-hour charity rugby match, in memory of a Brecon rugby stalwart.

The friends and family of Andrew Williams, known as Gonzo, will be climbing Pen y Fan to play a continuous game of five-a-side touch rugby to raise money for four charities which were important to the Brecon legend before he sadly passed away last August following a battle with COVID-19 and multiple myeloma.

Gonzo’s Game poster
The poster for the 24-hour rugby match (Supplied )

The game, which will take place 886 metres up, will be played to raise funds for Myeloma UK, the Firefighters Charity, Rookwood SPUR - a neuro and spinal rehabilitation charity in Cardiff which Gonzo spent time at during his own rehabilitation - and the Wales Air Ambulance Charity.

Titled Gonzo’s Game, the rugby match will start at 6am this Friday, June 17 before finishing at 6am on Saturday, June 18 - Gonzo’s birthday.

A full-time firefighter with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Gonzo was a passionate rugby player and heavily involved with Brecon RFC. Along with his love for rugby, Gonzo loved his hometown of Brecon and the Beacons which is partly what inspired the idea for the setting of the charity match.

The charities which will receive the proceeds of the match
The charities which will receive the proceeds of the match (Supplied )

A JustGiving page has been set up for Gonzo’s Game which is a collective pot which links to each of the four charities.

It has raised an incredible £4,144 at the time of writing.

For more information and to donate towards Gonzo’s Game, visit its JustGiving page:

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