Essex Spartans raise £600 for Air Ambulances

The Essex Spartans raised more than £600 for the Essex Air Ambulance and London Air Ambulance services at their home game on Saturday night.

Head Coach Seán Benton recently withdrew from the team temporarily following a horrific road crash on 12th April that has hospitalised both his young nephews, one of which remains in a critical condition.

Both air ambulance services attended on the night of the accident and provided the much-needed emergency response, as well as getting both boys to hospital for life-saving treatment.

Money was raised from entrance charges, kind donations and the sale of NFL shirts on the night.

Club secretary Emma Murphy said: “Raising money for these two extremely valuable services, who receive little to no other funding outside of generous donations, is the least this club could do under these awful circumstances.

“Head Coach Seán and his family mean the world to the Essex Spartans and without these two amazing charities, lives could have been lost that night.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported our fundraising on the night, and especially our opponents the Wembley Stallions and other BAFA teams whom have made contributions and sent messages of support to the club, and to Sean and his family.”

The Thurrock Rugby Club on Long Lane, Grays hosted the Spartans for the first time this season on Saturday night, with the game finishing 13-32 in favour of the Wembley Stallions.

The Essex Spartans continues to send thoughts and prayers to the Benton family in the hope of a quick recovery for both boys.