FUNDRAISER Jono Lancaster took the rugby pitch by storm last week to raise money for a Brighton youngster who suffers from the same genetic condition as him.
The 26-year-old from Featherstone has been campaigning to send little Ellie Frost to Disneyland after meeting her while filming his BBC Documentary, Love Me Love My Face.
Jono, who has Treacher Collins syndrome – which affects cheekbones and the external part of the ear – was joined by former Featherstone Rovers’ legend, Paul Newlove, at the Post Office Road ground where players took on fellow fundraisers at the Life for a Kid charity.
Jono, a patron for the charity, said: “It was superb, I absolutely loved it. For starters we raised loads of money for Ellie, which was brilliant.
“Everyone involved – the supporters, the lads that played – had so many nice things to say and their support was amazing.
“We pledged to get Ellie to Disneyland and that’s what we’ll do.”
The teams squared off at the Big Fellas Stadium last week and scored three tries apiece to tie the match 12-all and Jono had the honour of scoring the last try.
The life-long rugby fan said: “On a personal note, being able to play was absolutely incredible.
“I’ve watched hundreds of games at Post Office Road and seen so many of my favourite players, but to actually run up and down with them was brilliant.
“It was very competitive, I was hoping some of the guys would be past it and my youth would get me by but their skills were still phenomenal.
“I can’t thank Rovers enough, they went out of their way to help.”
The game raised £700 for Ellie’s once-in-a-lifetime trip bringing the total money raised to £1,500.
Jono said her parents have offered to donate some of the money to other children supported by Life for a Kid and visit Disneyland in Paris rather than America.
He said: “It’s about what’s best for Ellie but if her parents want to put something into the charity for another child, that’s brilliant.
“Hopefully we’re going to make the game an annual event and get bigger and bigger. It’s an ongoing thing and it’s to raise as much money as possible. There’s always another child that needs it.”