Lewes rugby members cycle to Blois to help Lory fund

left to right: Nigel Baker, Diredtor of Coaching; Peter Barron, Chairman, Junior Section; and Will Bell, 2nd. Team Coach
left to right: Nigel Baker, Diredtor of Coaching; Peter Barron, Chairman, Junior Section; and Will Bell, 2nd. Team Coach

Lewes rounded off their pre-season friendlies with a convincing home 55 -17 win against a Worthing XV, a victory which should put them in good stead for their opening London League 3 South-East match away to Uckfield on Saturday, k.o. 3.00pm.

On Saturday morning, 3 Lewes RFC members* set off from Intersport, Lewes for their cycle ride to Lewes’s twin-town, Blois in France - a return trip of some 640 kilometres. This event is to help raise money, via sponsorships and donations, for the Trust Fund set up for Lewes Womens player, Lory Mortley, with the help of the RFU Injured Players Foundation, after Lory sustained a serious brain injury playing rugby in September 2013. Lory has made remarkable progress, but she still needs on-going care.

She joined the Lewes team in 2010.

Older than most new players at 36, Lory looked about 25, stunning and physically fit. She was a real force to reckon with on the pitch, quick and a fearless tackler but off the pitch she’s laid back, smart, caring, open-minded and just beautiful. She’s one of the strongest women we have ever met and we are so glad to have met her and to be her friend.

Before her injury, Lory trained very hard, with 5k runs every day, weights and swimming. She wanted to be really fit for rugby and she achieved that. Her last match was the best a lot of us ever saw Lory play.

She has a great sense of humour, loves to laugh and make other people laugh. She adores her kids and is a great mum to her two teenage kids Rosie and Harrison.

We know that really serious injuries are rare in rugby but Lory is one of the unlucky ones.

She’s also very special. So her Lewes team mates and the club are asking for everyone who plays or has played rugby to help us to support her now that she needs us.

Donations can be made directly into the Trust account:

The Lory Mortley Discretionary Account

Lloyds Bank

Sort code: 30-65-37

Account number: 33065168