MIKE TINDALL MBE the former England Rugby Captain and 2003 World Cup winner has raised £56,283.60 from his 2014 celebrity golf day in honour of RUGBY FOR HEROES, the Gloucester based charity which supports military servicemen and women through the sport of Rugby.
The money raised came from the ISPS Handa Mike Tindall 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic,  which was staged in the Summer at the Celtic Manor resort in Newport, Wales. The golf event which was organised by Tindall’s own events company MT13 and sister in law Autumn Phillips, was sponsored by ISPS Handa and Artemis.
The celebrity golf day was attended by a host of celebrities and sporting stars who turned out to show their support including Sir Steve Redgrave MBE, Dragons Den entrepreneur Peter Jones, F1’s Natalie Pinkham, Zoe Hardman, Graeme Swann, Rory Lawson, Ben Kay and actor Oliver Phelps (Harry Potter).  Mike was also supported on the day by wife Zara Phillips MBE and brother in law Peter Phillips.
The former Gloucester and Bath centre – with an impressive 75 England Caps, recently announced his retirement after 17 glorious years in Premiership and International rugby and wasted no time in throwing himself into charity work days after announcing his retirement. 


Tindall, who was part of the England 2003 Rugby World Cup winning team, handed over a cheque for £56,000.00 to Tim Allen, Chair of Trustees for Rugby For Heroes and whose son Anthony Allen, who plays for Leicester Tigers, is also a founding member of the Rugby For Heroes charity.


Rugby For Heroes Chair Of Trustees Tim Allen said; “On behalf of Rugby For Heroes I would like to personally thank Mike for this incredible fund raising effort which will help make a real difference to the work of Rugby For Heroes.  One of the first military charities we have been able to help support from these much needed funds is the military charity Hire A Hero. “
He continued; “ A donation of £5340 has already been made to the Hire A Hero charity which helps past, present and future service leavers with a wide range of support from mentoring and employment to training, housing and assisting injured military service men and women in their transition from military to civilian life”.

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Rugby For Heroes was formed by a group of professional rugby players who wanted to show their support and patriotism for our military servicemen and women and to recognise the enormous debt of gratitude we all owe to those who serve Queen and Country. The charity raises funds through the rugby community and wider professional player network to help support servicemen and women both directly and indirectly through other charitable organisations. These charities in turn provide a variety of support roles from training and employment, mentoring and social welfare to helping those on the road to recovery who have been injured in service and who have suffered traumatic times from the effects of operational and post operational service.
The rugby community offers a home and purpose to our returning heroes. Through rugby teams, coaching and the wider community the charity is a dependable crutch in a time of transition and a helping hand back into daily life.
The distinctive character, spirit and core values of the military and rugby fit together to create a sense of belonging and make the world an easier place.  


Rugby For Heroes Patron Mike Tindall MBE said; “I am delighted that we were able to raise the much needed funds this year to help Rugby For Heroes continue the great work of uniting the rugby community to help our military service men and women as they face transition from military to civilian life.  I am also very pleased to see that Rugby For Heroes has already been able to support a donation to the military charity Hire A Hero which will be one of the first charities to benefit from these funds.
I would also particularly like to thank Dr Haruhisa Handa and Midori Miyazaki of ISPS Handa for their incredible support this year and Richard Turpin of ARTEMIS Fund Managers for their great sportsmanship and support. Without the support of these two great organisations and the people behind them, this donation would not have been possible.”
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