Rob Ward

What inspired you to join The Lewis Moody Foundation?

My cousin Neil Counihan told me about The Lewis Moody Foundation when he was embarking on one of the Foundation’s numerous expeditions (on this occasion, the epic Headsouth voyage to the South Pole).

Neil told me about the amazing work that Lewis, Annie and the rest of the team do and The Foundation’s affiliation with The Brain Tumour Charity which is a cause very close to my heart…. and my head!

In December of 2013, I was given the devastating news that I had a brain tumour – a life changing moment that brought my own mortality into sharp focus.  I was 37 at the time, happily married, a father of 5 beautiful children and very scared.

As a result of this experience, and getting to understand the condition in more detail, I quickly realised that there were numerous and significant hurdles to overcome when it comes to treating brain tumours.  For me, The Lewis Moody Foundation was a perfect fit to address the challenges faced by the people who are given this diagnosis, with specific focus on increasing awareness and greater fundraising.

What’s on your bucket list?

Now that’s a tough one!!  I have been fortunate to have done some fantastic things already in my life, but having gone through the experience I have, the most important thing to me is health and happiness of my family so on that basis, I would willingly forgo seeing the Northern Lights or Skydiving!

What’s your proudest moment at The Foundation?

In September 2019, myself and my wife, Aisling, arranged a charity ball on behalf of the Lewis Moody Foundation.  It was a fantastic evening and I am delighted to say that we managed to raise £65,000 which is a number that far exceeded my expectations.