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Along with her sister Carly Byrne, Louisa Nowell, mum of former ‘Pirate’ and nowadays Exeter Chiefs and England winger Jack, is running in this year’s London Marathon.
Louisa and Carly are raising monies for the RNLI Penlee Branch, and providing a boost for their efforts they were able to hold a half-time collection when the Cornish Pirates played Yorkshire Carnegie at the Mennaye Field last Sunday. In the short space of time the worthy sum of £387-70 was collected, which the running pair greatly appreciated.
It will be remembered that last November Louisa’s husband Michael’s fishing vessel, the trawler ‘Louisa N’, suffered gearbox failure 23 miles off the coast of Cornwall. The Penlee Lifeboat ‘Ivan Ellen’ was launched, and with another former Pirate in Patrick ‘Patch’ Harvey at the helm, it towed the fishing vessel safely back to Newlyn.
Jack Nowell is also a great ambassador of the RNLI, having recently put his name to Cousin Jack ale, which is brewed in collaboration with St. Austell Brewery and is sold to raise funds for the charity.
The day kicked off with some 'Activation Games', before Cornish Pirates’ scrum half Rhodri Davies led an opening session
Bolingey Barbarians raised the excellent sum of £787-04 on the day
A second match day collection of the season took place in support of the Sport Cornwall Foundation