Exeter Saracens' Ride4Rami raises around £9,000
EXETER Saracens have raised around £9,000 for the Pete’s Dragons charity with their Ride4Rami last weekend in memory of former player and coach James Ramirez.
James was a much loved member of Exeter Saracens who sadly took his own live in 2019.
Pete's Dragons is a charity that gives support after suicide loss and they were asked by the club to assist in providing support to James’ family, friends and young players at Exeter Saracens. The assistance they provided was, and continues to be, beyond words.
As a thank you the club decided to raise money for Pete’s Dragons and at the same time remember James. They decided to arrange a charity bike ride, which became known as Ride4Rami, that would start at Exeter Saracens’ ground and finish at Dunkery Beacon - the highest point on Exmoor.
Twenty six participants, which included James' family, friends and coaches from Sarries started training for the ride. A special T-shirt was designed by Rami’s children for the day to make sure the riders would stand out.
And last Sunday the cyclists aged between 17 and 60 completed the ride in small groups but when they got to Dunkery Beacon they all raised a glass of port to remember Rami.
They had hoped to raise £5,000 but the total is now almost up to £9,000 with money still coming in.
A club spokesperson said: “Rugby has always created a strong bond between those involved and a grassroots club like Exeter Saracens is a very close community. Everyone who took part feels honoured to have been able to remember James and raise money for an extraordinary charity.”
Donations can still be made at at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rideforrami?fbclid=IwAR2b4iy7EoIIUmWIJfNiY111RPCyPKLYSVmStLP9o_vhqY-henjD_2knTzc