On Friday 20 May, the Mike Tindall Celebrity Golf Classic took place at The Belfry in Warwickshire. This was the fourth of its kind, with this year’s proceeds being split between Rugby for Heroes and the Matt Hampson Foundation.
The weather thankfully went against the forecast to provide a dry and mostly sunny day as stars of sport and entertainment gathered to take on the challenge of the Brabazon Course, which is of course famous for hosting the European Ryder Cup victory in 2002. Our Patron, Mike Tindall was joined by wife Zara as well as the likes of Nick Wood, Ben Foden, Thom Evans & Austin Healey from the world of Rugby, AP McCoy & Mick Fitzgerald from the world of National Hunt Racing and Vernon Kay, Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy & Brian Mcfadden from the entertainment world.
The event was once again a tremendous success with the evening gala dinner raising a huge amount for both charities through both a live and silent auction. The Charity would like to thank everyone involved in the golf day, in particular our Patron Mike and Autumn Phillips for putting on such a wonderful event. Their continued support is hugely appreciated by everyone involved in the Charity but most importantly buy those the Charity is able to support as a result.
Should you be interested in entering a team in to a future event then we would be delighted to hear from you.
The former Great Britain legend and ex-South Africa international will play in Rugby Aid XV’s match against an Army Masters side, opposite Sixways, on Saturday, March 12 (11.45am).
The special event, which takes place the same day as Warriors’ crunch home clash with Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership, has been put on to raise funds for Rugby for Heroes and will see celebrities such as actor Julian Lewis Jones and sprinter Jamie Baulch take part.
Samoa’s Terry Fanolua and brothers Robbie and Henry Paul are also set to feature, while Warriors’ record appearance-maker Craig Gillies will be dusting off his boots to make a return to action.
Entry to the game costs £5 per person on the gate on matchday, with all funds going to Rugby for Heroes. There will also be refreshments available at the game.
To support the charity, people are being encouraged to text RUGBY AID to 70700 to donate £5.
For more details, visit www.warriors.co.uk
To commemorate our service men and women and to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Great War on the eve of Armistice day.
We’d like to offer you the chance to join Mike Tindall and other sporting stars for an exclusive charity evening at the prestigious Ivy restaurant in London –
hosted by Sean Holley, previous Director of Rugby for the Ospreys
The evening will begin with a champagne reception and will include a 3 course dinner with complimentary wines. Each table of 10 will have a celebrity host and will be invited to take part in the unique charity auction and Q&A session with sporting stars.
Click the image to see the full poster for the event.
Inside360 is hosting an ‘old school’ pros against celebs boxing match at St Albans Polo Club to help raise money for Rugby for Heroes and The Irish Guards. Both charities help get ex-service men and women, and their families, back into civilian life after returning from conflicts.
So far, Inside360 has announced the boxers will be former Commonwealth champion Chris Okoh, Paul ‘Silky’ Jones – the first British-born light middleweight world champion – former British and Commonwealth super bantamweight Mike Alldis and Steve Collins Jnr, whose dad was a two-weight world champion and will be in one of the corners. Ben ‘Duracel’ Jones will be in the other.
Across from them will be former All Black Craig Newby, former Scarlets hooker Craig Hawkins and London Welsh full-back Paul Sampson, plus one other to be confirmed.
The whole evening will be under a marquee with DJ Spoony on the decks and London Cheerleaders as the ring girls.
Niki Hobbs, the director of Inside360, said: “It has proved a great concept mixing the rugby players and boxers, bringing the two sporting worlds together, and although we must stress this is a charity event and the basis is on fun, I’m also sure they will all put up some great entertainment in the ring.”
For ticket sales and details, visit www.mshobbs.co.uk. To receive information in the run-up to the event, follow @FightFarm or @busygirlalways on Twitter
Inside360 is giving local businesses the chance to get involved with the night. Catering and bar opportunities are available and exhibitors and sponsors are also encouraged from an array of businesses to get involved with the event. For prices for stands and packages, contact George Gros on 07970 804019 or James Crawley on 07825228699.
Update – pictures added of the event, see the news for the next one 🙂
This hotly awaited event is now on and all the fighters have been confirmed and are in full training for this event. As well as the fighters giving their all, we are lucky to have the world famous DJ Spoony providing the music for the event so it will be thumping in more ways than one!
The event will be held at the Polo Club in St Albans starting at 6:30pm where there is plenty of parking also good transport options.
All done in the name of charity so we hope you can come along for what will be a pretty spectacular evening – you can contact Niki on 07787 438218 for further details.
Hadrians Wall – 16th August 2014
Amelia Sargeant is 16 from Scarborough, North Yorkshire and is preparing to walk Hadrians Wall this Summer on the 16th August 2014.
The wall is 84 miles long, and to keep her company her mum and younger brother, who is 15 will be doing it with her. She would welcome anyone who is visiting the Wall at that time to come along and give her some encouragement 🙂
She supports her local rugby team Scarborough up at the Silver Royd Rugby Club and also work there which is handy for watching a game or 2! She is supporting Rugby for Heroes because …
“the work they do is outstanding, they give our brave and injured soldiers so much support and the more money raised for them means the more support they can give to soldiers”
We would just like to say a big thank you for organising this event and whish you all the success in your fundraising.
To help Amelia reach her total, you could help by paying her just Giving page a visit, we know some people who would very much appreciate your contributions! www.justgiving.com/Amelia-Sargeant
Supported By Tresor Paris
RUGBY FOR HEROES the charity founded by ENGLAND Rugby International & Gloucester player/coach MIKE TINDALL MBE has launched its latest fundraising calendar for 2014 to help support military servicemen and women.
Focusing on the hand of support and camaraderie, the 2014 calendar reflects the simple but powerful gesture of a handshake and the bond of support between a rugby player and a military person, united through the sport of rugby.
The 2014 calendar features action shots of the game in play from Premiership clubs Bath (January), Exeter (February), Gloucester (March), Harlequins (April), Leicester (May), London Irish (June), Worcester (July), Newcastle (August), Northampton (September), Sale (October), Saracens (November) and Wasps (December).
Priced at £9.99 (including P&P) is available through the Rugby For Heroes website at www.rugbyforheroes.org,uk
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 recognize the enormous debt of gratitude we all owe those who serve Queen and Country. The rugby community offers a home and a purpose to our returning heroes. Through rugby teams, coaching and the wider rugby community, Rugby For Heroes 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 are a perfect fit together creating a sense of belonging and purpose.
One of the main supporters of the Rugby For Heroes 2014 charity calendar is the celebrity diamond and crystal jewellery brand designer TRESOR PARIS. Recognised by the jewellery industry with several prestigious awards for its iconic collections, Tresor Paris is the jewellery designer of choice for celebrities worldwide including Hollywood actors Antonio Banderas, Daryl Hannah, Melanie Griffith, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Watson and Grammy award winning pop star Ne Yo, and pop sensations JLS.
The Hand Of Friendship 2014 calendar is ON SALE NOW priced at £9.99 including P&P and available through the Rugby For Heroes website at www.rugbyforheroes.org.uk. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to help military servicemen and women make the transition from military to civilian life.
Commenting on the launch of the new calendar, Rugby For Heroes Head Of Fundraising Alan Lamb, said; “This year we wanted the calendar to focus and reflect more about the grassroots and the spirit of rugby. The hand of friendship is a simple yet powerful and effective image, a universal gesture the world over. The handshake of a rugby player and a military person represents friendship, sportsmanship, help and support for each other.”
He added; “Through the sport of rugby and the local rugby communities, we are helping to support our military service men and women who make the sometimes difficult transition to civilian life after serving in the military. The money raised from each calendar sale will help make a real difference.”
Retired international and premiership players met up in Aldershot on Sunday 29 September 2013 to take on one of the Army’s top Corps teams ‘the Royal Engineers’ in support of the Rugby for Heroes charity and to embrace the core values of rugby. Team manager and founder of Rugby for Heroes, Alan Lamb, along with head coach John Voss, assembled some of the top players from both the civilian and military sectors to take up the challenge. Recruiting players from the Army, Navy and Air Force supported by rugby greats Thinus Delport, Henry Paul, Ollie Smith, Junior Paramore, Chris Forty, Rob Fiddler, Nicky Little, Duncan Bell and Speedy and couple this with the strong management team of Army head coaches in Axel Rees for XVs and Alfred Vanua in 7s along with Daz Percy for kit and Jo Magill as the Physio, this was going to be a festival of rugby to be remembered.
As expected, the weather was great and the conditions set, rugby was the only thing left to do the talking and the spectators didn’t need to wait for long. From the kick off both teams applied immense pressure to gain possession by bone shattering tackles that could be felt in the stands and welcomed by the spectators. After the normal handling errors from a newly formed team, R4H skipper Thinus Delport broke through the Sappers defence to score in the left corner, demonstrating his change of pace even after international retirement. Energised, R4H won the restart and shipped the ball to Thinus who found the try line again, showing the same pace for the second time. Two tries down, the Sappers regrouped to solidify defence on the wings and scored two unanswered tries to equal the score in the first quarter. Calm leadership on the pitch by Duncan Bell and Rob Fiddler saw the defence in the middle of the pitch remain strong with the wings covered by Chris Forty and Nicky Little neutralising further attacks and set up a platform for the R4H team to run in four unanswered tries giving them a lead at the break 34 – 10.
Refreshments and energy drinks consumed, R4H team were out on the park stretching off ready for the second half which started by the Sappers scoring a fine try within the first minute catching the midfield sleeping, breaking the defence and scoring in the right corner. The restart was a different affair seeing R4H team continuing where they left off in the first half by an exceptional set piece play and destroying the defence of the Sappers by exploiting gaps and pouring players through the space to see them cause havoc with running lines that would cause confusion to any team. This resulted in R4H scoring seven tries in the second half that put the game out of contention to the Sappers. However, they never gave up and scored two fine tries in the later stages of the game to see the final score 79 – 29 with R4H claiming the cup. Two players should be mentioned for their ability to score tries; Thinus Delport scoring four tries but also Tuvita Tamatawale scoring 5 tries, both achieving this by some sensational running and ball handling skills.
Finally, we would like to say thank you to the Royal Engineers Rugby Team for playing this fixture against R4H team and I hope all those present enjoyed the rugby played and the skills from both teams on show, we look forward to seeing you for our next game.
“Trying to describe how you feel before running your first ever half marathon, especially if your pretty unfit like myself, is a pretty bloody scary thing- even worse than an injection! I can’t say if everyone feels like this but I wanted to hide in one of the wheelie bins and not have to start…. But what drove me to actually start, and complete it, was the thought of letting people down most predominantly my sister, Camilla- who also ran it for Rugby for Heroes with me, and one hell of a lot faster too!- but the thought of letting down Rugby for Heroes and everyone who had donated for us to go through 13.1 miles of pure hell!
Once out on the course all that fear diminished, and even though I was a straggler at the back, the fear of being picked up by a road sweeper kept me going… It was amazing to have the support of people around the course cheering you on meant you were propelled forward, even coming towards the dreaded 12 mile marker it was such a boost to know that you were nearly ‘home’! After much gentle swearing at the person who signed me up as I crossed the finishing line it felt like a massive weight had been lifted, if I hadn’t have been raising money for Rugby for Heroes I would’ve probably given up!
13.1 miles, and the pure hurt that followed at mile 8/ 9 and for a week afterwards is such a small price to pay for helping an amazing charity and the service personnel who make this country what it is. The pain I felt surely is nothing compares with what these amazing men and women go through every single day, injured or not.
So surely pulling on a pair of trainers and pounding the streets or jumping out of a plane and facing YOUR fears is a small way of saying ‘Thank You’ to these truly inspiring people and giving them a helping hand back into civilian life? Same time next year R4H, 13.1 miles I’m coming for you!”
We at Rugby for Heroes would just like to add our sincere thanks to Poppy for an outstanding effort in our of our charity, we really do appreciate everyones help.
We hosted The Pride of the Lion – Twickenham event on May the 9th, this being the second event of it’s kind to be held at UK’s rugby headquarters. The night started with a drinks reception in and around the England Changing Rooms and spilled onto pitch side where we were entertained by one of the soldiers from the Royal Marine Core who did a fantastic solo with drum and bugle. Guest were then ushered in to the main building, through a our guard of honour made up of all three services.
Guests reconvened in the Live Room were we were seated for a feast of good food and fantastic entertainment. Our guest of honour was Col Kevin Beaton from the Queen Elisabeth Hospital and he gave an insight into some of his experiences which were very real and moving.
During the evening, we gave Sean Holly (our host for the evening) a chance to raise some funds with the Auction we had orgainised. We had a number of unique “money can’t buy” lots which help push the total on no-end.
After this, we moved on to the highlight of the evening were our former Lions Austin Healy, Rob Jones, Harry Ellis, Geordan Murphy and Australian Morgan Turinui – gave there thoughts on the build up to the Lion’s Tour, giving us the insight on what it feels like to represent the Lions.
Our guest had a fabulous evening and as we had hoped, a great deal was raised for our charity.