Players from the charity rugby match

A group of former Edge Hill students organised a charity rugby match at Hawcoat Park in memory of their peer, Dan Logan.

Dan passed away 15 years ago, aged 22, after a very short but brave battle with a rare form of testicular cancer, while he was studying at Edge Hill.

It was Anne Logan Huxtable, Dan’s Mum, who came up with the idea to arrange a 15th anniversary game in his memory and bring together all his friends from Edge Hill and Vickers Rugby Union – now Hawcoat Park ­– in Barrow in Furness.

Anne also sold raffle tickets on the day to raise money for the Teenage and Young Adult Unit at Christie’s Hospital in Manchester, where Dan was treated.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since my lovely Dan died,” said Anne. “I’m humbled that his mates from Barrow and Edge Hill wanted to mark this anniversary. It was an emotional day.”

Phil Bygrave, who graduated from Edge Hill in 2002 with a Sports Science degree, and Adam Williamson, another former student, worked hard to make the match a success.

Anne and Phil

Anne and Phil

“The Edge Hill team was made up of 22 graduates from 2002 to 2004 who learned, played, lived and laughed alongside Dan (aka Logi Bear) who got together to form the ‘Logi Bear’s Who’s Still Got Hair Tour 2018’,” said Phil. “Dan was a huge influence to all our lives with his quick wit, loyal friendship and general outlook on life. The age old saying the brightest stars burn out the fastest has never been so meaningful.

“The Old Boy Edgehillians and the Hawcoat Veterans were on fine form and the day brought out some unspent emotion from a number of people. Edge Hill ties were presented to the players, the organiser from Hawcoat, and one to Dan’s Mum.

“Dan was such a major part of a lot of our lives and we know he would have loved it. He passed away a month before his last exam so never graduated, and therefore in our eyes will be an Edgehillian forever.”

Anne has written a book about Dan’s battle with cancer titled 17 Days: The Shocking True Story of Dan’s Cancer which follows Dan’s diagnosis, and subsequent treatment and care in three different hospitals, all over the space of seventeen days.