Peterhead Rugby Club take on Ice Bucket Challenge

Peterhead Rugby Club took part in the latest internet charity craze, the Ice Bucket Challenge, last week.

The team headed along to Peterhead’s ship lift on Friday, August 22, and were greeted by ice and water filled buckets as well as a fire truck that was waiting to give them a cool wash down.

Adam Stephen and Stuart Hollis get the ice treatment from Ryan Rhydderch, Scott Robertson and Michael Reeves

Adam Stephen and Stuart Hollis get the ice treatment from Ryan Rhydderch, Scott Robertson and Michael Reeves

Before they took on their icy task, the team nominated Banff Rugby Club, Lisburn Rugby Club and the Glasgow Warriors in the hope that they would repeat the fundraising challenge.

With a countdown in place, members doused themselves with the freezing water and were then washed down with more cold water, courtesy of the nearby fire truck.

Speaking afterwards, Peterhead Rugby Club member Ryan Rhydderch said: “Everyone in the team will be donating to charity and altogether we should raise around £300.”

The Ice Bucket Challenge, first gained attention in America to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.

It has recently gone viral on Facebook in the UK, with people participating in the challenge for the Motor Neurone Disease Association or Macmillan Cancer Support.

The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same.

Many high profile names have taken on the challenge including Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond.