Sports stars heading for Cinder Lane charity night

Rugby, cricket and football will be represented in the shape of guest speakers Nick Wood, Mark Alleyne and Paul Bodin at a special charity fundraiser at Fairford Town Football Club next month, writes

All the money raised from the evening on Friday 16th March will go towards the Movember Foundation, a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier and longer lives.

The evening has been organised by Chris Tanner, who is running the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April to raise funds for the same cause.

“It should be a great evening,” said 35-year-old Tanner, who will be taking part in his first ever marathon. “All three guys are giving their time for nothing. It will be a Q&A with three people who have achieved an awful lot in sport.”

They certainly have. Wood made his name as a prop with Gloucester, making a club record 278 competitive appearances for the Cherry and Whites.

Alleyne was the mastermind behind Gloucestershire’s remarkable run of success in one-day cricket in the late 90s and early to mid-noughties, and was good enough to play white ball cricket for England as well.

Welshman Bodin, meanwhile, was a cultured left-back in the 80s and 90s who served time with clubs such as Cardiff and Swindon among many others and was capped 24 times by his country.

All three are only too happy to support Tanner, who is Website and Social Media manager at Marlborough College.

It is through his current job that Tanner got to know Alleyne, who is cricket professional at the school. It is also through work that he got to know Bodin, who was part of the coaching team at Swindon during Tanner’s 11-and-a-half year stint as press officer at The County Ground.

Tanner, who is in his 18th season of playing rugby for Fairford, has known Wood the longest of the three.

“We were at school together and we’ve kept in touch,” he said. “We were both at Oakley Hall Prep School in Cirencester and played in the front row together. Our rugby careers took different paths after that!”

Tanner, who is also press officer for Fairford Town Football Club, is hoping to sell 80 tickets for the event which will start at 7.30pm.

How to book…

Tickets are priced at £20, including food. To book, call 07815 579784.

The Movember Foundation is a cause very close to Tanner’s heart. His dad Mike, who is president of Fairford Town Football Club, was diagnosed with prostate cancer a couple of years ago.

“Thankfully, he’s okay now,” said his son. “The Movember Foundation is a very good charity.”


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