Fund-raising drive started after a post is vandalised at Haverhill Rugby Club

The vandalised rugby posts at Haverhill Rugby Club ANL-160719-095814001

The vandalised rugby posts at Haverhill Rugby Club ANL-160719-095814001

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Haverhill Rugby Club has set up a fund-raising page to buy new posts after a set were vandalised last weekend.

One of the posts at one end of the main pitch at Castle Playing Fields were snapped between 6pm on Sunday and 8.30am the next day.

They had only been installed three years ago but the club is now having to find the money to replace them and has set a target of £1,000 at; crowdfunding.justgiving.com/haverhillrugby?utm_id=66&utm_term=zKBr27bYW.

The costs may be higher if the posts cannot be inserted into an existing socket in a concrete base without the need to dig up the socket and base and replace them, but the club is confident, said vice chairman David Halsey, that it can cover the extra costs if needed.

Mr Halsey was delighted with how the public initially reacted when they saw via social media that it had happened.

He said: “A lot of people kept saying ‘I want to make a donation’ and a lot of people kept asking for a Crowd Funding page, that why I did it.

“The response has been really nice because bare in mind a lot of people that have donated the money don’t come to the club or have children that use it, they just wanted to help.”

One of the players have also turned to social media to see if anyone can help replace the posts and Mr Halsey said: “We’ve had some really good responses from it.”

Fortunately, the damaged post is on the main pitch, which is due to be relaid this season and will not be needed for matches, therefore giving the club plenty of time to get the damage repaired.

Mr Halsey added: “When someone does some mindless act of vandalism the cost has to be found somewhere and it can take away from money that we could spend on other things.”