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The Bear, The Old Bags, & The Voice of Rugby

13 April 2017

No regular reader of the Springfords Newsletter can be unfamiliar with Lunch with an Old Bag!

Springfords are very proud to be sponsoring the event for a fifth year, and we’re told that plans for the 2017 lunch are well underway – but this year, The Old Bags have help – from The Bear!

Scottish Rugby legend Iain Milne is undertaking one of the biggest and most crucial challenges of his life. In the lead up to this year’s LWOB, he aims to lose 100lbs in weight, and to raise funds for two charities close to his heart, The Prince’s Trust Scotland and The Bill McLaren Foundation.

Iain’s rugby career, which stretched from 1979 to 1990, involved 44 caps, and a Grand Slam win in 1984. During this time, his playing weight hovered around 18st, and he picked up his nickname, The Bear! After rugby, Iain remained active until he badly injured his back in 2000. Due to lack of activity, his weight increased to around 24/25st.

However, Iain’s real weight issues occurred over the last 7 years or so, with the onset of depression. His lifestyle suffered and, despite all sorts of efforts, he struggled to get fit and alter his lifestyle. Prior to Christmas, however, he decided that 2017 was the year he would tackle his weight once and for all, and we’re delighted that he’s now in a place where he can take on the challenge.

Iain is documenting his progress via Facebook (@BearBagsRugby), and hopes that his followers will support him on his journey to a healthier life by making a donation.

The Prince’s Trust Scotland transforms young lives by helping young people back into education, into jobs, or to start their own businesses and, by doing so, to fulfil their own potential. Every year, funds are raised through the fabulous Lunch with an Old Bag, and Springfords Tax Partner and LWOB Chair, Fiona Donaldson is helping Iain manage and promote his fundraising. 80% of the funds he raises will go to boost the total raised by LWOB2017, with the total being announced at the lunch in September.

The remaining 20% will go to The Bill McLaren Foundation, which helps to improve lives through rugby, and to inspire youngsters to achieve their personal best.

Both charities focus on supporting achievement, and Iain’s heartfelt aim is to help them to do so through an achievement of his own!

If you’d like to support the Bear (and the Old Bags), please visit his JustGiving page

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