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Philip “Flipper” Caldwell, 38 years of age, has always been known for his speed both on and off the pitch. Philips’s love of rugby started in his local club, Barnhall, he then played for The Kings Hospital during his school days. After school the list of clubs that Philly played for includes, Darfield (NZ), St Marys, Blackrock, Lansdowne, Cottesloe and UWA (both in Australia), Clinchers and Japan 2019 Tag teams.
Philip recently suffered a severe spinal injury which left him with temporary paralysis from the neck down. This accident occurred during a tag rugby match on the 13th of July 2020.
After 3 intense months in the care of the incredible Spinal Ward Unit in the Mater Hospital, Philip is currently continuing his slow but steady recovery journey in the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dun Laoghaire. This is where over the next few months the brilliant people of the NRH will help teach him how to walk again, use his arms and hands and deal with this life changing experience.
While Philip is slowly regaining movement in his body, and unsure of what permanent damage he has endured, the injury has left him having to put his life on hold, both professionally and personally. Philip, Flipper or Philly as some of you may know him as, has had to deal with his current condition which is not only a physical challenge but also a massive mental contest, especially throughout Covid where visits from his loved ones have gone from restricted to none at all, leaving him having to face the fear of the unknown on his own.
He has shown and continues to demonstrate incredible courage and fighting spirit. His recovery to date has been remarkable. His positivity and determination will continue to play a big part of his recovery while he faces some of the biggest challenges in his life.
With Philly showing amazing character in the current circumstances, we, his friends and the wider rugby family wanted to do something to help Philly which is why we are writing to you today to ask you to join in our challenge in filling the stadium virtually. Any funds raised during this evening will be held by “The Philip Caldwell Trust” and will be used to financially assist Philly in his rehab and getting back to living again. Any excess funds in the trust will be donated to the IRFU Charitable Trust (RCN 20010331) which supports other injured sports people in the rugby community.
We want to get as many people as possible to buy virtual tickets for the Ireland V TBC game with the aim of selling 51,700 tickets or every seat in the Aviva.
Tickets are priced as follows:
Singlet ticket – €10
Premium ticket – €50
4 Ball – €250
Corporate Box – €1,000
The aim is to sell 51,700 tickets which would fill the stadium on a normal match day. We need you to spread the word amongst your friends, family and colleagues. Buy a ticket, buy a box, it’s a for a brilliant cause.
If you have the opportunity to promote it in your work circles as part of your CSR programme, you can encourage employees to buy tickets or even a corporate box. You will also have the chance to win spot prizes
All money raised will go straight to “The Philip Caldwell Trust” which will be used to financially assist Philly in his recovery (rehab, physio, home adaptations). These funds will help provide the support needed for him to help him try and get back to the life he was living prior to July 13th. Any excess funds in the trust will be donated to the IRFU Charitable Trust which supports other injured sports people in the rugby community.
On behalf of his parents, family and close friends, John and Susan, Cormac, Richie, Stephen and of course Philly himself, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support. In a time when we can’t attend a match, we can still fill the Aviva and have a hugely positive impact on someone’s life.
Some pics of Philly throughout the years.