15th June 2018, 13:53 | ChallengeCup

First celebrities line up for half-time kicking challenge

First celebrities line up for half-time kicking challenge

Adam Hills and Laura Wright will be raising money for their charities during half-time at Wembley

The Rugby Football League, working in partnership with a number of worthy charities will this year be introducing a half time celebrity challenge at the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on 25 August.

The first of the announced celebrities is sporting soprano and Super League Grand Final regular Laura Wright. Laura has teamed up with Rugby League legend Martin Offiah and they’ll be raising money for Marie Curie, the UK’s leading terminal illness charity.

Television presenter, comedian and Physical Disability Rugby League player Adam Hills will be joining Laura in the challenge on the hallowed Wembley turf in order to raise funds for the Warrington Wolves PDRL team’s trip to Australia to take on South Sydney Rabbitohs. Former England international Shaun Briscoe will be Adam’s coach in the build-up and provide some well needed encouragement on the day.

Each of the celebrities will be required to complete six accurate passes of a rugby ball, make a complete set of six tackles, including sprinting back 10 metres each time, before kicking a ball between the posts. The challenge will be similar to the one completed by Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell and England Women’s international Faye Gaskin at the 2017 final where Lindsey managed to complete the challenge first after Faye hit the crossbar with her kick.

Whilst the aim of the game for each of the celebrities is to complete the challenge it’s expected to be fiercely competitive as each will be hoping to complete the challenge first and claim the bragging rights.

Each of the celebrities will be sponsored to complete the challenge in order to raise money for their chosen charity. The charities will also receive a significant cash back from all ticket sales that they generate for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final.

Laura said: I’m really looking forward to taking on the celebrity challenge at Wembley Stadium in August. I am so proud to support Marie Curie’s work and they helped my Grandpa towards the end of his life. It’s not something that is easy to talk about but I know when going through something like that, being comfortable and having support around you will change your experience for the better. I’ve seen first-hand the emotions of losing a loved one, so to have guidance and support through that is invaluable. I miss my Grandpa every day and am so grateful for the support Marie Curie were able to give to him and to my family.

“I also visited the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead last year and while speaking to some of the patients I learnt that one lady loved the song Ave Maria so I sang to her in her room and it’s a moment I will never forget. Buying a ticket through the Marie Curie link will mean 40% of the ticket sale goes to the charity. Many of us will know someone suffering with a terminal illness and this money can help provide vital care and support for people living with any terminal illness and their families.”

To donate visit Laura’s Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Laura-Wright56. To buy Marie Curie cashback tickets for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup visit: https://goo.gl/4SuKPm

Adam Hills said, "I am so impressed with the invaluable work the Warrington Wolves Foundation does for the local community. From dance classes for the elderly, to football for people with learning disabilities. I've also experienced their support as a playing member of the Wolves Physical Disability Rugby League Team. The effect this sport has had on my life has been immense, and I can see my team mates get the same buzz out of it as I do. 

Every penny raised at Wembley will help to send my team to Australia to take part in the first ever PDRL World Club Challenge against the South Sydney Rabbitohs team. The smile on their faces as they walk out onto ANZ Stadium will be the same as the one on mine when I tread the hallowed turf of Wembley. Sport really can change lives, and a small donation will go a long way." 

To donate to Warrington Wolves PDRL team’s Australia trip please visit - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hillsatwembley

To buy Warrington Foundation cashback tickets for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup visit: https://goo.gl/BYHgHv