Fantastic evening at The Rugby Ball
MORE THAN 450 guests joined us at the Hilton on Park Lane for Wooden Spoon’s annual flagship event, The Rugby Ball. We are delighted that together we raised a fantastic amount.
There was much to celebrate on the night as we looked back over the past year at all the brilliant projects supported and reminded ourselves of the children and families who have benefited from the charity’s help. During the last year alone the 71 projects approved will support an additional 139,000 beneficiaries. Guests heard from Belinda Kind, Kobi Nazrul head teacher, who brought to life the impact of the amazing outdoor space created for the children through a Wooden Spoon grant.
The much-needed funds raised at the Rugby Ball will help to ensure that we can continue to support projects such as this right across the UK and Ireland. Statistics show that more than 930,000 children are living with disabilities in the UK and four in ten children with disabilities are living in poverty and that number is rising. This year and over the coming years we want to support even more children and young people, making sure we get help to those most in need.
It is only through the tireless support and dedication of the rugby family that we are able to continue to meet this need. The Rugby Ball celebrated the work of our volunteers and the many supporters who make enormous contributions to Wooden Spoon. In particular, the evening acknowledged corporate sponsors TNT who in their 22 years of support have contributed £4 million and who on the night presented a cheque for £150,000.
Many of the challengers taking part in the LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge were present on the night. We offer our best wishes to them as they set off in April to attempt to break not one, but two world records by playing the highest games of full contact and mixed rugby in history at 6,500 metres. Follow their progress on everestrugby.org.uk
Finally, our thanks go to all the Rugby Ball event sponsors, Wooden Spoon ambassadors, and to those who kindly donated raffle and auction prizes without whom the evening would not have been possible.
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