Mansfield businessman backs retired Nottingham rugby player’s charity bid

A Mansfield businessman is ready to get on his bike to help a former rugby player raise money for charity.

Thursday, 13th February 2014, 5:00 am

Malk Hall - managing director of Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies on Anglia Way - will join Nottingham Rugby legend David Jackson on an 80-mile ride for Headway, a charity which works to improve life after brain injury.

The former rugby union professional and Nottingham’s record try scorer was recently forced to quit the game due to the damage caused to his brain as a result of repeated head injuries sustained during his career.

And Mr Hall, who is a major sponsor of the club, told Chad why he was taking part in the one-day challenge on 30th March from Leeds to the Green and Whites’ home ground, Meadow Lane.

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“I was already in training for a coast to coast fundraising ride in April which is in aid of the Fountaindale SEN School, so when I found out about the challenge I was keen to also get involved with this,” said Mr Hall.

“The work that Headway undertakes to improve lives after brain injury is essential to many people and I am keen to do more to help them and David in the future.”

Luke Griggs, of Headway, said he was delighted ‘Jacko’ and his team of riders were raising money for the charity.

He said: “Cycling 80 miles in one day is a very daunting prospect – particularly as they will be setting off from Leeds at 5.30am when it’s still cold and dark.

“I’m sure he will get a rousing reception when he arrives at Meadow Lane stadium at the end of his ride and we will look forward to being among those to welcome him home.

“We are also hugely grateful to David for speaking so openly about how repeated head injuries have caused lasting damage that is affecting his life.

“It is hugely important that people realise the importance of treating concussion appropriately and David’s work will help us to change attitudes towards concussion in sport.”

To donate to Jacko’s fund: please visit