Earlier on this year, the child of a friend of Jenna Brough’s was diagnosed with leukaemia and was receiving help from a Hull-based charity called ‘Life For A Kid’.
After much thought about how Jenna – the wife of Giants captain Danny Brough – could help, she came up with the idea of a sponsored climb up Ben Nevis.
The idea mushroomed and Jenna contacted all the other Super League clubs to see if any other wives and girlfriends would take part.
The upshot was that almost 100 WAGS (a much-maligned term, but one which Jenna thought would attract the media’s attention) signed up. Even though only 70 actually turned up for the event, £30,000 was raised for Life For A Kid.
Our guests, Jenna, Lindsay Grix, and Laura Howley (‘the girls’), recounted many tales of their exploits.
How they had to sleep in dormitories, each with 12 beds. When her friends wouldn’t stop talking, ‘School Marm’ Lindsay told them in no uncertain terms “Shut up”!
The WAGS from one particular Super League club were constantly throwing tantrums. Who were they? All I am allowed to say is ‘which club does Lindsay’s brother-in-law play for!?’.
Jenna took a ball up to the top. The intention being that she kicked it for Lindsay to catch it. You’ll never guess what happened! Yes, the wind got hold of it. Honest.
Amongst the sponsors were Q-Connect, Bond It, and Foxxy Bingo. The latter also sent a photographer and cameraman to record the climb. Unfortunately, the cameraman could not keep up with our girls! (There is a YouTube video of the event).
Questions followed about their life at the Giants.
They all agreed coach Paul Anderson deserves a tremendous amount of credit, not just for the on-field play, but for making the club a close-knit group of friends.
Previously the wives sat in separate boxes with their families. Now Paul has them sitting together in the stands.
This, together with other joint activities, has resulted in them bonding together, making lifetime friendships.
At the end of the meeting, a collection was held for the charity and they were each given their Honorary Membership certificates.
Thank you girls for a truly wonderful evening.
In closing, I must say the girls used the term ‘girls’ throughout, and is not me being sexist, it was one used by the girls themselves!
Nominations for our new committee can still be made, either online, forms from Turnbridge WMC, or any committee member.
More information can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.