On 6 June last year, 43-year-old Wirral-born husband and father of three, Dan Miller, died suddenly from a massive heart attack devastating his young family, his four brothers, and teammates at Hoylake Rugby Club.
A year on from his death, a committed group of Dan’s teammates at Hoylake Rugby Club on the Wirral, are hoping to break the Guinness World Record for the longest ever ‘touch rugby’ game on 16 July, 2021.
The players, who have previously reached a high level in the game, including the finals at Twickenham of the Tetley Bitter Vase in 2001, are also raising money for WaterAid, which was Dan’s favourite charity and the organisation are supporting them to maximise their fundraising efforts.
The Doinit4Dan team have already secured the support of some very high-profile individuals, including James Bond actor, Daniel Craig, who is also a former club member and junior player.
Also supporting the boys with a good luck video message are England head coach Eddie Jones, Leicester player, James Whitcombe; Callum Braley, Seb Negri and Luca Bigi from Italian team Treviso; as well as Katy Daley-McLean, who led England to victory in the 2014 World Cup and has represented England 116 times. As well as England and Wasps player, Kieran Brookes, and fellow Wasps teammates Tommy Taylor and Tom Cruse.
Dan’s brother Sam Miller said, ” I understand that Daniel is a very busy man, so the fact he made time for us is special. My brother Dan was special too and I like to think of one legend reaching out to another legend.
“Daniel grew up here and played for Hoylake when he was a schoolboy, so I think that helped a bit. But he still found the time and that means a lot.
“And many thanks to England boss Eddie and the rest of the players who also contributed.”
The 28 members of the Doinit4Dan team, who are aged between 35 and 59, include Dan’s brother Sam and his three brothers-in-law. They have negotiated lockdown restrictions to keep up their training over the past six months and are determined to smash the current record for the longest ever touch rugby game, which stands at thirty hours and three minutes – they are aiming for 33 hours 33 mins and 33 seconds, as Dan’s rugby position was number 3.
The Guinness World Records organisation has been so impressed by the team’s undertaking, that they will be making a special documentary about their incredible efforts.
Details of the fundraising page are as follows:
Doinit4Dan Just Giving https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/WaterAid4Dan
Dan was an active supporter of WaterAid, whose mission is to bring clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to the millions of people around the world who do not have access to these basic human rights – and which form the building blocks of lifting people out of poverty.