The day will be big, the cause even bigger.

The Pembrokeshire rugby community will come together at Pill Parks, Llangwm next Friday to raise funds for Eliza’s SDR Journey.

The charity supports four-year-old Eliza Scriven, who as a result of an infection when born prematurely has since been diagnosed with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy. It has left her family with the task of raising £60,000 to fund life-changing surgery in Bristol.

A series of events and donations has thus far taken the figure raised past £28,000 – a tremendous effort from all involved, but there remains a significant way to go.

Old boys to dust off the boots:

So to support the cause a special rugby game will be held next Friday when Llangwm RFC Veterans take on a Llangwm RFC President’s XV. The clash is for players aged 35 or over and it is expected every Pembrokeshire team will have representatives playing. A former Welsh international or two are also set to be involved.

All eligible players are welcome to turn up and sign on at 4.30pm for a 5pm kick off. Anyone interested in playing can register their interest with Llangwm RFC President Michael John at The club have been keen to emphasize you don’t need to have played or been involved with Llangwm RFC before to get a game.

And following the match there will be a prize auction. Items available include a British Lions shirt signed by Graham Price, a full drum kit by Remo, a signed photo of the Welsh Grand Slam winning squad, and a Principality Stadium tour for four people.

Anyone unable to make it on the day but who would like to bid on any of the above and other items, can do so via Facebook on the Eliza’s SDR Journey page.

Family thankful for support:

Eliza is the grand daughter of Richard Scriven, current secretary of Llangwm RFC and a great servant to the club who has served as a player, coach, committee man and team manager.

He’s been taken back at the generosity from rival clubs this season with a number holding post-game functions to support Eliza’s cause, and told Telegraph Sport: “We have to say thankyou to the local rugby and sporting fraternity of Pembrokeshire for all their help. It’s been incredible.”

His son Garin, Eliza’s father, plays football for Llangwm/Haverfordwest CC and he too expressed his gratitude.

“We have all been so overwhelmed by the support we have received on Eliza's SDR journey.

“We are currently at £28,000 and awaiting news on the next stage to push forward towards the operation. I’m looking forward to the game Friday and hopefully it will be an enjoyable day, and a good night after back at the club.

“Again I can only thank everyone for their contributions so far.”

Eliza’s journey so far:

Born at just 29 weeks, Eliza endured an infection and subsequent brain injury. At 18 months she was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, severely depleting the mobility in her legs.

Now four-year-old she can’t walk unaided and surgery in Bristol called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy will remove her spasticity permanently. This would allow her to walk more independently and vastly improve her quality of life.

SDR surgery is not available to Welsh patients on the NHS so all of Eliza’s assessments, operations, therapy and equipment needs to be self-funded. Her story so far has clearly touched the hearts of people in Pembrokeshire and in light of that, expect a good turnout at Pill Parks.

Those who can’t attend but would still like to make a donation can do so via the Eliza’s SDR Journey Just Giving page.