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Meadow Lane in Nottingham will play host to two immense challenges this Mother's Day (Sunday 30 March).

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Nottingham Rugby legend David Jackson will battle the conditions between Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds and Meadow Lane as he takes to his bike to raise money for Headway - the brain injury charity.

Joined by a group of 18 keen supporters who have been inspired by the recently retired Jackson's courage, he will take on the 82 mile journey with the aim of arriving at the Green and White's home ground before kick-off at 3pm having completed the Nottingham Rugby Charity Cycle Challenge.

While completing the final preparation for his challenge, Jackson commented, "I was lucky enough to play over 300 games for Nottingham, but in December 2013 I was given the advice to stop playing rugby after an MRI scan showed I'd suffered a small bleed to my brain.

"It was a difficult time in my life, but I wanted to put a positive spin on the situation. I have suffered with common symptoms of Post Concussive Syndrome like headaches, memory loss and depression and still suffer from seeing stars on a regular basis.

"However, many other head injury victims suffer far worse injuries which can affect their lives in a much larger capacity. I'm fortunate that my daily life isn't vastly affected, so I wanted to do something to help those in a worse situation.

"Headway, being based in Nottingham, is a great fit for me and they do a fantastic job supporting people and their families with head injuries. The idea of the cycle challenge was to raise awareness of the charity, the effects of head injuries and also generate valuable funds for the charity.

"The response I've had from people so far has been fantastic and I'm now looking forward to the ride on Sunday and I'll be doing my best to get there for the 3pm kick off!"

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Jackson will be holding an auction after the game in the Meadow Lane sports bar, where one of the lots available is the last ever shirt he wore in a league game for Nottingham, signed by Jackson himself.

On the pitch Jackson's former team mates have the challenge of taking on Leeds Carnegie in the Greene King IPA Championship as they look to finish their season on a high.  The visitors look certain to secure their place in the end of season play-offs for promotion to the Premiership, so Nottingham will have to be at their best to secure a much needed victory.

Aside from the two main events there will be a selection of other entertainment around Meadow Lane.  The Radcliffe-On-Trent Male Voice Choir will be performing throughout the afternoon and supporters will have the opportunity at half time to win their height in beer and the chance to play in a touch rugby competition at Twickenham.

Tickets are available by calling the Nottingham Rugby office on 0115 9070070.


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