Saturday 22 May sees ten brave people, including Northampton Saints mascot Bernie the Dog, take on a challenge that will push them out of their comfort zone as they abseil down 127m of the National Lift Tower.
Bernie is used to supporting Saints with two large feet firmly dancing on the ground at Franklins Gardens, but this challenge will see him hovering over and looking down on the bright green grass of the stadium. It is like no other challenge he has experienced before, and all the volunteers will have to control their nerves and face their fears.
It has been an incredibly difficult year, affecting everyone, and the Foundation is no exception – with covid-19 restrictions limiting our ability to undertake fundraising events and activities, as well as an increase in referrals to the Foundation programmes that support young people across Northamptonshire. We are very humbled that these ten courageous people are willing to challenge themselves and support us as they are driven to fundraise, make a difference and change young people’s lives.
Northampton Saints Foundation uses the power of sport and the principles of rugby to Inspire, Support and Educate young people. You can show your support for Bernie, and the work we do at the Foundation, by sponsoring Bernie’s challenge – just visit his Virgin Money Giving page to make a donation.
‘’As the current situation is throwing curveballs and challenges at us all, I have really missed all the wonderful loyal supporters at Franklin's Gardens this last year, I have decided to turn this negative into a positive and channel my energy and support into something new, something challenging, something outside my comfort zone, something that will be rewarding to me and many others.... Let’s go TEAM NSF and step over the edge!’’Bernie the Dog, Northampton Saints mascot