Torrington crowd-funding appeal success

Torrington players and officials have been delighted by the response to a crowd-funding appeal, launched after their clubhouse was targeted by hoodlums.

Thousands of pounds’ worth of damage was caused when vandals smashed virtually every window and wrecked the interior.

Prized team pictures and the club television were among the items damaged.

The West Country rugby community has been quick to get involved. Pirates Amateurs presented ‘Torrie’ with £100 towards repair costs before the game between the sides at the Mennaye last Saturday. A donation of £300 has also been promised by Sidmouth towards repair costs.

Torrington official Mark Waterson said that the response from Devon rugby had been heart-warming.

“A crowd funding page was set up almost immediately and, to date, has raised around £6,000,” said Waterson. “Devon RFU has sent £240 and, together with other donations, we should cover the cost of repairs more than adequately.”

Surplus cash will help pay for enhanced security measures on the ground, which is on the outskirts of town.

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