On the eve of the Ideal Boilers Hybrid Cup game played at Kingsholm, Rugby for Heroes held a gala dinner at the prestigious Queens Hotel in Montpellier, Cheltenham. Over 100 ex pro’s, celebrities, ex and current serving military personnel and charity supporters gathered for what was a fantastic evening of music, excellent food and drink and of course an auction of exceptional items and experiences.
We were fortunate to be joined by our host for the evening, and Rugby for Heroes ambassador, Nick Knowles, who entertained the crowds with stories from his own adventures in the Jungle and DIY SOS, before handing the microphone over to ambassador Thinus Delport (South African rugby union legend) who provided an update on the charity, it’s successes and forthcoming events.
Thinus then held an impromptu Q&A with 4 current and ex-serving servicemen who had all graduated from the Transition Through Rugby course run by the charity; who better to sell what the course and the charity have given them. A humbling moment for those of us who have lived our lives on civvy street.
After dinner came the two captains from the next day’s game. Mike Tindall MBE (Rugby for Heroes Patron), representing the Rugby Union All-Stars and Keith Senior, representing the Rugby League All-Stars, were expertly interviewed by Nick about their lives in the different rugby codes, their lives after professional sport and of course, what they expected from the hybrid match. The guests were treated to some enthralling stories from each captain that certainly raised a lot of laughter.
As always, Simon Bailey (Chair of Trustees) oversaw the auction of rare items and money can’t buy experiences. The charity was blown away by the generosity of the audience and would like to publicly thank everyone who contributed, in whatever way, to what was a highly successful and enjoyable evening.
Thank you again for all of your support.