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Why we support Wooden Spoon

WOODEN Spoon caught up recently with Max Webb, founder of the children’s rugby franchise – Rugbytots – on the latest cycling challenge the organisation is tackling from 28 June to 1 July to raise funds for Wooden Spoon.

More than 40 Rugbytots from around the UK are cycling 178 miles from London to Paris and aiming to raise £150,000 for Wooden Spoon. The mammoth three-day cycle takes in challenging hill climbs and some of the iconic sights of both cities as it winds through the countryside to and from the coast in England and France.

Rugbytots Founder, Max Webb commented: “We are really pleased to raise funds for the children’s charity of rugby. One of the compelling reasons for Rugbytots to partner Wooden Spoon is the fact that our donations and fundraising will be spent locally. This challenging ride is a great way to show our support.”

Rugbytots has been a supporter of Wooden Spoon since 2014 when the charity became an official partner of the children’s rugby franchise. During the following year a team of intrepid cyclists conquered a 310-mile odyssey as they pedalled their way from Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium to Twickenham in just four days. The 2015 World Cup Bike Ride boosted Rugbytots’ fundraising total for Wooden Spoon to over £100,000. In 2017, cyclists celebrated the 10th anniversary of Rugbytots and raised £150,000 for Wooden Spoon after completing a 323-mile route from Land’s End to Twickenham in just four days.

Seeing where the money is spent is an important part of the relationship. Max comments; “We even get the chance to be involved in the process and have taken part in one day builds at projects funded by Rugbytots!”  Projects supported through Rugbytots fundraising have included: two horses for the RDA; an adventure playground at St Joseph’s School in Surrey; two specialist cots for a baby hospice; a playground at Kobi Nazrul School in London; an adventure trail at Mayfield School in Devon; a woodland walk at Calthorpe Academy in Birmingham; a state of the art sensory room and a hydrotherapy pool.

The latest challenge aims to raise £150k which could fund:

  • Six specialist playgrounds for children with disabilities
  • Six specialist rooms in a children’s hospice
  • 50 wheelchairs enabling young people to take part in wheelchair rugby.

Follow the cyclists’ progress on social #RTL2P and support them by making a donation or sponsoring a rider at woodenspoon.org.uk/rugbytots-cycle

Teamwork is a value Wooden Spoon hold dear and we are delighted to have forged strong relationships with Rugbytots and a wide range of partners as part of our drive to support more children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage. To find out how you and your company can get involved contact Ian Lindsay on ilindsay@woodenspoon.org.uk