OUR TWO FOOLS!
MIKE MARSHALL (aka Bondy)
Mike has been around Guernsey rugby club for more years than he cares to remember; although given his advancing years he doesn't remember much nowadays. In his final full season of senior rugby, at the age of 50, Mike played alongside me for Guernsey 2nds at fly half - maybe that season finished him off altogether, hence his search for new challenges with Only Fools and Donkeys.
The Bondy nickname is clearly self appointed, but given he cycled 640km in 7 days with a cruciate ligament injury, he does have some of the who dares wins spirit. Mike brings that spirit and his experience of years in the building trade to his fundraising efforts, i.e. he has no problem asking complete strangers for outrageous amounts of money! Mike's short fuse, which some love to ignite, belies his passion and determination to help those in need, which is clearly seen on his face in the presentation photos.
Bondy's character assassination! If only an assassin could keep up with him! This little bundle of energy when not flying abroad (laundering funds), he can be found playing or coaching rugby, out on his bike, water skiing, or being thrashed by his son at cricket and at any other time in the Swan!
Our friendship "blossomed" when playing Vets rugby. A moment of pure rugby magic, clearing the ball from our own try line to beyond half way. We both congratulated each other when our Captain sprinted over at a speed never seen before or since. We stood proud awaiting his plaudits "what the bloody hell do you two think your doing?". Quick as a flash Ray responded "enjoying ourselves" "well don't"
But enjoy ourselves we have done ever since. Unknown to Ray I entered him into Dallaglio's 1st Cycle Slam which he took to like a duck to water. As with any challenge that is put in front of him he takes them full on, just like those damned hills we come accross when cycling.
H.E. The Lieutenant-Governor Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder KBE CB
Steve Thompson MBE
As a rugby player, I know how much we all get out of sport; the fun, the togetherness, the adrenaline and sense of achievement. A few years ago that was nearly all taken away from me due to a serious neck injury. I was fortunate and was able to recover and resume my career at the top level, but I'll always remember the disappointment I felt when I thought I wouldn't play again. That is why I have joined forces with Only Fools and Donkeys so I can encourage and support others who are facing disability and adversity to lead and full and active life.
With your support we can continue to raise the funds to make a real difference to people's lives. You need to look at the photos on this website to see how much it means.
Thank you to everyone who has supported OF&D.