Rugby players and young farmers team up for Stu

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A Northumberland young farmer, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last month, is determined to defy the odds with support from people across the region.

Stu Ridley, from between Wark and Bellingham, was told he has six months to live after being diagnosed with an inoperable type of brain cancer.

The talented rugby player is no stranger to Alnwick’s team and the 25-year-old is well-known in the Alnwick and Berwick Young Farmers Clubs. So much so that he has received backing and funding for the #StayStrongStu trust fund which his family set up.

Berwick Young Farmers held their annual muck marathon in aid of Stu’s trust. The group raised £2,500 for the cause.

Jess Straker, from Alnwick Young Farmers, said the group isplanning events with Alnwick Rugby Club.

The two clubs are planning a joint quiz night for Stay Strong Stu. Anyone who wants to help is to contact Jess at

Alnwick rugby player Darren Gray, who is a close friend of Stu’s, said the joint fund-raiser is a great idea.

He said: “If you were to ask what Stu’s two favourite things are, the answer would be rugby and young farmers. So what better way to support the Stay Strong Stu campaign than doing a joint fund-raiser.

“The rugby and farming communities already have strong links and something like this just makes them stronger.

“Stu is your typical farming rugby player; a hard-tackling menace on the pitch, but the first to buy you a pint back in the clubhouse.

“The money raised for Stu isn’t just to help him cover costs to get the treatment he may need, it also goes towards two other charities of his choice – the rugby charity, Wooden Spoon, and a specialist brain-tumour charity.

“Every penny raised is essential to help aid not just Stu, but the thousands of other people affected by this condition.”