In the Western Club this spring Aaron Grant of Cleve Rugby Club, with help from his friends and family, including his mother Karen & Sister Alana, organised a Memorial Rugby match in remembrance of their dad Cecil Grant, who died following an accident at work in 2006.
The day was well supported and thanks to everyone’s generosity from gate donations, raffle, programme sales and auction they raised £2043.03 on the day. A Just giving page http//www.justgiving.co.uk/cgmm14 is currently standing at £723.00.
All at the Western Club would like to thank everyone for their efforts.
“Our Father Cecil Grant was working for the highways agency dealing with anything from lane closures too the maintenance of traffic cameras on the motorway. On this particular winters night himself and a colleague were sent to fix one of the roadside cameras in operation monitoring the traffic. When they arrived at the scene they quickly noticed there was insufficient light provided to complete the job, however with their own torches and the headlights from the vehicle, they proceeded to climb the safety barrier in order to fix the camera. As they approached the camera they realised they needed to reach the back of the camera in order to lower it down to working level. After checking the ground and finding only a few shrubs, our dad proceeded to step behind the camera, only to fall a distance of 30ft onto his back. Now 30ft down from his colleague and with a seriously broken back he was helpless. His colleague quickly phoned for help from the relevant emergency services who quickly recovered our dad. After spending a few nights in hospital he had an operation which would fix his broken back and put him into a position of recovery. It was only once this operation had been completed that he could try to walk again. They proceeded to let dad stand up, supporting his own weight for the first time since the fall, and asked him to walk a couple of steps. It was at this point that he collapsed and died instantly of a heart attack. This was due to a blood clot in his leg, shooting up into his lungs. After 30 minutes of resuscitation they eventually revived our dad. The problem being, he was essentially dead for so long that he was seriously brain damaged. They then transferred him into the intensive care unit at frenchay hospital where he was being looked after while they tried to help him regain consciousness. After a long hard battle of six days, unfortunately it was a lost battle for our dad. He was pronounced dead on 3 February 2006.”