Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, hosted its seventh annual rugby lunch this month, sponsored by Dixon Stewart, Saxe Coburg and supported by Barclays, at Hoburne Holiday Park, Christchurch and raised over 24,000.
The attendees enjoyed a three-course lunch and listened to entertaining speeches from celebrity speakers Conor O’Shea – a former Irish rugby player and coach who is currently head coach for the Italian national team, David Flatman – a pundit and former rugby player for Bath and the England national rugby union team and David Duckham MBE – an England, Barbarians and British Lions legend, known in his day for his great pace, swerves and side steps.
Guests had the opportunity to take part in a knife, fork and spoon competition, enter a raffle and charity auction, both with fantastic prizes kindly donated by local business and rugby stars.
Ashley Weedon, fundraising manager at Diverse Abilities, said: “We are very pleased that the event raised an astounding 24,000. Everyone had a fantastic time and we have received great feedback following the event. A big thank you goes to our generous sponsors and corporate supporters – Dixon Stewart, Saxe Coburg and Barclays, our guest speakers and Hoburne Holiday Park, for hosting the event.”
Next year’s charity Rugby Lunch will be taking place on Friday 8 September 2017. Tickets sell very fast for this event so to reserve yours, to discuss sponsoring the event or for further information please contact the charity’s fundraising team by email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01202 718266.