Rugby players may be brave in the face of opposition on the pitch but put them out of their comfort zone and they will shiver like the rest of us.
That’s what Harry Butler discovered when he took part in We Care, We Dare, the ultimate fundraising challenge run by Gloucestershire Young Carers and Hartpury College.
24 participants braved their fears to hold Rosie the Spider, Colin the Skink and a few other creepy crawly guests – all to raise funds for the charity that supports more than 1000 young carers across the county.
Around 700,000 young people in the UK step out of their comfort zone every day of their lives, taking on adult-sized caring responsibilities for a family member. Gloucestershire Young Carers and Hartpury College challenged volunteers from the Gloucestershire to rise to the challenge in We Dare, We Care.
The touch challenge, tasting terrible treats, handling the horrors of their nightmares were all part of the trials undertaken by the participants. Hartpury College animal handlers were involved in hosing the event but the stars of the show were the animals themselves.
Taking part in the event were two teams from Co-operative Midcounties, two teams from H R Champions of Gloucester, Gloucester Rugby player Harry Butler and a team of courageous young carers.
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Grace Watkins of Hartpury College said: “We Care, We Dare is amazing, a great event. It gives our students exposure to the types of fundraising events they might experience in their future careers. It also, of course, helps raise awareness of the challenges young carers face. The Animal Management students were superb at taking responsibility for the animal handling with the participants, obviously supervised by staff, but they demonstrated just how much they’d learnt since studying at Hartpury.”
Jane Dyer, Fundraising and Marketing Manager for Gloucestershire Young Carers, said: “We really love this event as it pushes contestants to the limits of their comfort zones. It is so much fun to see the rugby players squirm, hear adults squeal and young carers shrug off the challenges – which is usually what happens. And the serious side of the event is that is raises funds for our charity to support young people who face far greater challenges that creepy crawlies.”
Gloucester Rugby player Harry Butler said: “It was a good afternoon taking on some trials and learning what Gloucestershire Young Carers do.”