Supporting two great local charities
Mark’s testimonial year is also proudly supporting two local charities, the 4Ed Foundation and Hope for Tomorrow – Driving Cancer Care Forward.
At the age of 34, Ed Slater announced his diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and his immediate retirement from rugby. The 4Ed campaign has been created to raise awareness and funds in support of Ed and his family’s battle with the disease.
One in two people will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime. Treatment often means long and frequent trips to hospital.
Hope for Tomorrow helps the NHS to bring cancer treatment closer to patients with the mobile cancer care units, making their lives that much easier at a difficult time.
In 2008, I seized the chance to join my childhood team, Sale Sharks. Despite idolising its victorious stars, my rugby journey there didn’t fully align. I debuted at 18, even represented England under 20s, but transitioning to Wasps brought challenges. Battling injury and city allure, I persevered, shining on the field, for the first team at Wasps, and even had the highlight of staring as fly-half against Harlequins in Abu Dhabi. Coaching shifts led me to Esher, offering highs and lows. Then, a pivotal meeting with Mike Rayer led me to Bedford, reaching the final. I chose Saracens for momentum, leading to Gloucester and coaching changes. England recognition and setbacks followed, including a major knee injury. Now, healing and inspired, I embrace my 10th year under George Skivington, excited for our club’s future.
Throughout the testimonial year we will be hosting a number of exciting events to raise money for Mark’s chosen charities.
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I’m thrilled about the upcoming year-long collaboration with Oxen Sports wear, delivering Testimonial apparel. This partnership promises to contribute significantly to fundraising efforts. Together, we’re poised to make a positive impact by combining our enthusiasm and resources for a great cause. Exciting times lie ahead!
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