Former Scotland rugby captain Mike Biggar hoping to raise £30,000 for NHS by walking 100 steps

Mike Biggar, who was injured in a car accident, is almost completely dependent on his wheelchair, but is determined to complete his 100 steps NHS fundraiser

Former Scotland rugby captain Mike Bigger, 70, has bypassed his initial target of £1,000 and now has his eyes on the £30,000 mark as he aims to walk 100 steps in 30 days to support the NHS.

The international rugby star sustained serious brain damage in a car crash in 1992 in Gloucestershire and, after five weeks on a life support machine, spent an extensive period in an NHS hospital relearning to walk and talk.

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Various falls along with arthritis from his rugby days lead to him being wheelchair bound for the past 10 years.

Mr Biggar, who has 24 caps for Scotland between 1975 and 1980, was inspired by veteran fundraiser Captain Tom Moore, the 99-year-old who raised over £28 million for the NHS by walking around his garden 100 times before his 100th birthday.

After launching his own NHS fundraiser, Mr Biggar has already raised over £24,000 smashing his original target of £10,000, and it’s still rising.

In support of the former player, The Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation donated £3,000, with the chairman, Ian Rankin stating: “As a player, Mike never backed off a challenge.

“The same grit and determination he showed in a Scotland jersey is shining through now in truly heroic circumstances.

Scotland captain Mike Biggar takes to the field.

“He is an inspiration and alongside all the MIPF trustees I wish him the very best to complete his challenge in recognition of the amazing work being undertaken by our NHS staff and the entire care sector during the coronavirus pandemic.”

To donate to the fundraiser, click here.

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