KR Stadium Manager, Phil Stow to take on 300 Mile Charity Challenge

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KR Stadium Manager, Phil Stow to take on 300 Mile Charity Challenge

Hull KR’s Stadium and Operations Manager, Phil Stow will undertake a huge 300-mile walk carrying a ceremonial brass shell fired earlier this year on his back in aid of the Mose Masoe Foundation and The Army Benevolent Fund.

Having previously served in her Majesty’s Armed Forces for over 25 years, Stow will visit Super League’s UK-based stadiums by foot before finishing at Newcastle’s St. James’ Park for the Hull Derby on 10th July.

After spearheading last year’s ‘Walk and Talk’ charity walk for the Mose Masoe Foundation, Phil is back with an even bigger challenge this year. The walk will cover an enormous 300 miles with Stow carrying a brass shell fired earlier this year for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in York.

Stow will set off from St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium on Sunday 3rd July and walk to the remaining nine UK-based Super League teams’ stadiums, where the shell will be signed by each club’s respective captain.

Following the signature from Hull KR and Hull FC Captains, Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Luke Gale, Stow will then go cross-country and walk to Newcastle in time for the Robins’ closing fixture against Hull FC at this year’s Magic Weekend.

Speaking of the challenge ahead, Stow emphasised the motivation behind the walk for the Army Benevolent Fund and the Mose Masoe Foundation: “Both charities mean a lot to me, spending most of my adult life within the armed forces the ABF has always been there to support the troops and their families. 

“ABF (The Army Benevolent Fund) is one of the longest-standing military charities, the support and relentless work they do is unbelievable with people working constantly behind the scenes – they are unsung heroes that focus solely on looking after the troops and their families in their hour of need.

The Mose Masoe Foundation is a new charity that was first set up to help our gentle giant, Mose Masoe. He touched the hearts of thousands with his self-sacrifice and humble approach, the charity is now there to not only help Mose but any players within the Rugby League family that suffer spinal injuries.

“To that end, this walk is to help spread the word for both charities. The 105 shell I’m carrying will be engraved with both charities’ logos and then signed by Super League’s captains with a small inscription on when the shell was fired. The inspiration was something that would bring both charities together and give the public a chance to purchase a unique item with the proceeds donated to ABF and Mose Masoe Foundation.”

To donate

The shell will be available as part of an auction at Hull KR’s End of Season Awards night. Those interested in the signed shell can submit a formal bid before the night by emailing their bid to before bidding begins on the night.

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