Restart Rugby, the official charity of the Rugby Players’ Association was awarded a small grant in May after they were nominated by Peter Scrivener.
The small grant that has been awarded will support the former Newcastle Falcons player, Paul van-Zandvliet. The donation will fund the final renovation work Paul’s home, who is struggling with the financial, physical and practical effects of terminal illness. In 2016, Paul was diagnosed with three types of cancer – an inoperable brain tumour as well as cancer of the liver and kidneys. Since his diagnosis, Paul has undergone a gruelling course of chemotherapy and most recently a very risky operation on his brain to try and relieve pressure, which has caused a paralysis of his right side.
Restart Rugby is the official charity of the Rugby Players’ Association, supporting current and former professional players suffering from serious injury, illness or hardship. The charity provides financial support for players forced to retire and unable to work due to serious illness or career changing injury, helping with medical costs, rehabilitation and home improvement for disabled access, while supporting players through the transition out of rugby into retirement, providing career path opportunities and helping players retrain or attain qualifications. Restart Rugby also provides emotional support for players and their families struggling with depression and mental health issues through our confidential counselling service.