Special royal reception in presence of HRH The Princess Royal

35 anniversary reception

HRH The Princess Royal addresses guests at celebratory reception.

WOODEN Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, hosted a special royal reception at Trinity House on 27 June 2018 to celebrate its 35th anniversary in the presence of Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.

The reception was attended by many of the charity’s Founders, including Founder and Life President Peter Scott MBE and his wife Sheila. The event was an amazing opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the last 35 years and thank all those, who have, and who continue to make a tangible difference to Wooden Spoon and its beneficiaries across the UK and Ireland.

Peter commented; “We did not set out to launch a charity but decided that whilst we were having fun we should continue to raise money together. So here we are 35 years on, having raised over £24 million and helped thousands of children and we are still having fun.

HRH The Princess Royal addressed those attending, which included five of the six original founders, highlighting their achievements as well as those of the inspirational fundraisers present.

The Princess became Patron of Wooden Spoon in 1997 and since then Her Royal Highness has visited numerous schemes across the country supported by the charity.

Peter Scott Life President and Founder

Peter Scott MBE Founder and Life President.

Each year Wooden Spoon funds around 70 projects which in 2017-18 helped more than 150,000 children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage. Since the charity’s founding in 1983, more than £24 million has been distributed to in excess of 650 projects helping more than 1 million beneficiaries.

Rugby gives us a purpose for making a positive difference in children and young people’s lives through programmes like HITZ – which focuses on improving the skills of teenagers who are currently not in education or

35 anniversary reception

HRH The Princess Royal meeting Harriet Millar-Mills (Wooden Spoon Ambassador)

employment – wheelchair rugby and tag rugby festivals. Whilst we funded 71 projects in the past year, that represents only one in four of the projects requests received. With numbers of UK disadvantaged children anticipated to reach an all time high, we need your help more than ever. One in twelve children in the UK has a disability (1) and 3.7 million children are living in poverty (2).

Sarah Webb, Chief Executive Officer at Wooden Spoon, said: “It was an honour to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to the event. We’re extremely grateful for her backing over the years, helping Wooden Spoon launch many projects, always giving her time so generously in order to support us. We look forward to the next 35 years of helping children and young people across the UK and Ireland with disabilities or facing disadvantage.

Please get involved and together we can change children’s lives through the power of rugby.

35 anniversary reception

HRH The Princess Royal meeting Quentin Smith (Chairman of Trustees) and Wooden Spoon ambassadors, Ollie Phillips and Andy Gomarsall.


(1) Family Resources Survey, 2016/17
(2) National Statistics Office, 2015