A fundraiser for an important cause which many first supported in memory of a “brave and inspiring” rugby player will return this year – and it’s set to be “bigger than ever.” 

In March last year, the first ever Men’s Rugby Walk took place, with men walking from Weymouth and Portland Rugby Club to Dorchester Rugby Club to raise more than £3,500 for Weldmar Hospicecare.

Many walkers took part to show support for the Weymouth club after its former captain, Julian Quick, died aged just 28. 

As reported in the Echo, tributes were paid to the player who died from a rare cancer in February last year. His father, Des Quick, said he was touched by words which described Julian as “upbeat”, “courageous” and “a real gentleman”.

Michael Sidey, of Winterbourne Steepleton, raised the highest amount of sponsorship in 2017, and was recently awarded the Julian Quick Trophy by Amelia Quick, Julian’s sister.

Mr Sidey said a number of his family members, including his mum, experienced the care of Weldmar.

He said: “The care given was extraordinary and I chose to take part in the 2017 men’s walk as a way of paying the charity back.”

This year, the route will be reversed and walkers will start at Dorchester Rugby Club, walking a 6.5 mile route to end at Weymouth and Portland Rugby Club, on Saturday, March 17.

At the end, participants will enjoy a pasty, pint and watch the Six Nations games on the big screen.

Amelia said: “[Julian] was passionate about rugby, beer and pasties, and so we were glad as a family to be able to support Weldmar in such a special way so soon after his passing. The whole organisation made everything so easy for us in such a difficult time.”

The walk is open to all male participants aged 12 years and over.

Alaine Harman, Weldmar’s community events fundraiser, said: “Our 2018 Men’s Rugby Walk will be even bigger than last years. 

“Everyone at Weldmar Hospicecare is very grateful to have the support of our local community - without whom we would not be able to offer our outstanding services to patients and their families across Dorset.”

"We would also like to thank The Self Storage Company for once again sponsoring this event.”

To register for the 2018 walk, call 01305 261800 or visit weld-hospice.org.uk/menswalk - register