Christmas Lunch with Exeter Chiefs Foundation
CHRISTMAS certainly came early for two of Devon’s biggest charities – Wooden Spoon Devon and the Exeter Chief’s Foundation – following a hugely successful and enjoyable joint Christmas Lunch.
Bringing together the Foundation, the official charity of Exeter Chiefs, and Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, over 400 guests helped to raise in excess of £22,000 for the two charities during the annual event held at Sandy Park.
Hosted by former Bath, Saracens and England prop David Flatman, guests were not only treated to a sumptuous three course lunch prepared by Head Chef Craig Beatham, but they were royally entertained with two Q&A sessions featuring Exeter Chiefs’ international stars Jack Nowell, Nic White, Alec Hepburn and Harry Williams. The quartet not only gave an insight into Chiefs life, but also regaled the audience with anecdotes from their international careers, as well as life away from the rugby pitch.
Also, as part of the day’s activities, Scotsman Brian Murray handed over a cheque for £8,600 to Devon Wooden Spoon Chairman Roger Haywood, having raised the money by cycling 4,300 miles in 22 days as part of the TransAm Bike Race across America. A cheque for £27,000 was presented to Exeter Chiefs Foundation Chairman Tony Rowe OBE by David Cosford, who led more than 30 riders from Exeter to Castres in France as part of their annual Exeter Chiefs European Cycle Challenge.
A fun filled afternoon was concluded with entertainment from leading comedian Andy Oakley. Other VIPs for Devon’s hot ticket event included, Spoony, Big Chief and ‘Mr England’ Pete Cross, the official mascot of the RFU.
All photos are credited to JMPUK and The Exeter Chiefs Foundation