Members of the Guide Dogs fundraising team

KES attempts longest ever touch rugby game in aid of Guide Dogs

King Edward’s School will be attempting to play the longest ever continuous game of touch rugby to raise funds for Guide Dogs.

Around 100 pupils, parents and staff at the school will be tackling the World Record for the longest marathon playing touch rugby, which stands at 30 hours 3 minutes and 11 seconds. Although it will be an unofficial record attempt due to some participants being aged under 16, the school’s aim is to play continuously for 31 hours, starting at 2pm on Friday 14 June.

The fundraising challenge was the idea of Year 10 pupil Aran Singh Bansal, whose family have been volunteer boarders for Guide Dogs since 2016. With the support of school staff, Aran and a team of 13 other Year 10 pupils have been planning the event since January and hope to raise £10,000 for the charity.

“Guide Dogs is a charity very close to my heart,” said 15-year-old Aran from Stourbridge.

“The experience my family has had with Guide Dogs over the last few years has really helped me to understand the life-changing work that the charity does, not only by improving quality of life for people with sight loss but also through researching the causes of sight loss and campaigning for equal rights..

“I’m really excited that so many people have signed up to take part in the challenge and hope we can break both the record and our fundraising target. It would be great to generate as much money as possible for this incredibly worthy cause.”

Miles Northwood, Community Fundraising Development Officer for Guide Dogs Birmingham, said: “This is such an exciting and unique challenge that King Edward’s School is taking part in, to help raise funds for Guide Dogs.

“It costs around £55,000 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement and Guide Dogs relies almost entirely on public donations, so we are really grateful for any support local schools can give us.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Aran, the fundraising team at the school and all the rugby players who are taking part on the day.”

If you would like to support the challenge, you can give via our JustGiving fundraising page

For more information on how you can support Guide Dogs locally, please contact Guide Dogs Birmingham Community Team on tel: 0345 143 0194 or email: birmingham@guidedogs.org.uk