The Edward Bush Memorial Rugby Match took place yesterday on The Field. It saw over 400 spectators (amongst them pupils, Eton College staff and parents) sing, cheer and encourage players from Eton and Stowe in their challenge to raise money and awareness for a wonderful cause.

Edward, due to arrive at Eton as a Year 12 pupil in September, tragically died this summer. His family and friends have since been working to raise funds for causes close to Edward’s heart: mental health and the military.

The match was masterminded by Edward’s brothers, Year 13 pupil Harry and Year 10 pupil James, as well as friends including Year 13 pupil and fellow rugby player George. Spectators were met with homemade cakes and biscuits as a half-time treat, and stood for a two minute silence at the beginning of the match. The Eton team wore a special kit designed for the occasion, in Edward’s favourite colours of blue and pink, which was echoed in the face paint worn by pupils.

The final result, after a stunning try scored in the last minute of the game, was 32-31 to Eton. All players demonstrated wonderful spirit in a fitting tribute to Edward.

Donations to Edward’s memorial fundraising campaign can be made here.