Rugby boss to play at five clubs in charity bid

Scott Glynn, with Karen Kidd, left, and Lesley Hughes, gets in a warm-up. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Scott Glynn, with Karen Kidd, left, and Lesley Hughes, gets in a warm-up. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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A rugby club president and after-dinner speaker is taking on an epic endurance charity challenge in celebration of his 50th birthday.

Scott Glynn, president of Ross High Rugby Club, will spend this weekend walking from one East Lothian rugby club to another in an effort to raise money for his five favourite charities.

As if the 56-mile round trip wasn’t enough, Mr Glynn, of Tranent, will also play a full game at each of the five clubs before continuing on his way.

Mr Glynn, who has also worked as an actor with appearances in TV shows such as Taggart, has already hit the big 5-0, and said: “I’ve been involved in rugby in the area from a very young age and first played for Preston Lodge High. I still play now with Ross High (3rds) and the over-35s team.

“When my 50th started looming my wife asked me how I wanted to celebrate and I decided the best way to mark the milestone would be to give something back by raising money for charity.”

While he initially planned to simply walk between the five different clubs, the project soon grew arms and legs.

“When I told friends what I was doing people kept saying they would chum me on the walk, so we came up with the idea to play a game at each of the clubs, too,” he said.

“All in all there will be about 90 different people joining me at various stages on the walk. All the clubs have really got behind us.”

Five charities are set to 
benefit from Mr Glynn’s endeavours – The Teenage Cancer Trust, The Bill McLaren Foundation, Cahonas, Hearts and Balls, and Erskine.

He said: “Each of the charities has a special meaning for me. I’ve previously raised money for TCT, and the stories these children and their families have to tell are both heartbreaking and inspirational.

“Cahonas is on the list because I know people who have been affected by testicular cancer, and I included 
Erskine because I believe people who have served their country deserve a massive amount of respect and support.

“The last two charities cover my love of rugby – The Bill McLaren Foundation encourages young people to get involved and Hearts and Balls supports injured rugby players.

“We were hoping to raise £5000 in total so each charity would get a grand. We’re very nearly at that total already, and I still have to add in a lot more – people just keep coming up to me in the streets and giving me money, which is fantastic.”

Mr Glynn’s status as East Lothian rugby royalty is being given more weight by the fact he will celebrate the same birthday more than once.

He said: “We’re having a special dinner on May 11 at the Loch Centre in Tranent where we’ll also be raising funds for charity. The guest speaker will be Australian rugby legend David Campese. It’s going to be a great night.”