You don’t have to push yourself to your physical limits to help us change children’s lives for the better. Whatever your skillset or time available – regardless of the length and frequency – your contribution is crucial to our work. We’d love you to join the team and help fundraise for us.
We have more than 400 committed volunteers who are raising funds in local communities up and down the country. We are extremely proud to say that the money they raise locally funds projects in their local areas.
By getting involved, together we can change children’s lives through the power of rugby.
Wooden Spoon are record setters!
An intrepid team of Wooden Spoon fundraisers entered the Guinness Book of World Records™ in 2015 after playing the northernmost game of rugby in history. Eleven brave men, led by former England international and Leicester Tiger Tim Stimpson and former England Sevens and Gloucester winger Ollie Phillips, trekked for more than 60 miles in sub-zero conditions to take part in the Wooden Spoon Arctic Rugby Challenge at the Magnetic North Pole, raising over £200,000 in the process.
Supporting respite and play at children’s hospice
Wooden Spoon helped to enhance the welcoming environment at Richard House Children’s Hospice further thanks to a £45,000 grant, which financed an all-weather garden area and children’s playground. Replacing an uneven and impractical space, the outdoor overhaul has seen the garden become a sought-after retreat for relatives and staff and a source of smiles for life-limited children and their siblings.
Tag tournament creates a buzz
Hundreds of young rugby players converged on the West Midlands to play their part in an all-day international tag rugby festival for children with learning disabilities. The event, jointly organised by Wooden Spoon and disability rugby team Shropshire Rebels, saw girls and boys of 15 clubs from all four home nations take part. Former England international and Wooden Spoon Ambassador Tim Stimpson attended, along with England Women’s World Cup winner Tamara Taylor and RWC referee Wayne Barnes. A truly memorable day!
Our very first fundraiser!
This iconic image marks the founding of Wooden Spoon, back in September 1983. After England’s woeful performance in the then Five Nations, five England supporters sought solace in a Dublin bar, where they were presented with a wooden spoon as a memento of England’s dismal showing. Accepting the gift with good humour and grace, the group decided to hold a golf match to see who would have the honour of keeping the spoon. That golf match raised an astonishing £8,450 which was used to provide a new minibus for a special needs school….and Wooden Spoon was born.
Annual flagship fundraiser – The Rugby Ball
Record breakers, world champions and star supporters were amongst the guests at Wooden Spoon’s annual flagship fundraiser, The Rugby Ball. The event celebrates 12 months of achievements for the charity, as well as raising vital funds on the night to help even more disadvantaged and disabled children. Amongst the familiar faces showing their support were ex-British Lion and World Cup winner Jason Robinson; former England captain Martin Johnson, TV presenter John Inverdale and former England international and Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Maggie Alphonsi.
Wolf Run is a great success!
Our fantastic supporters take on all kinds of challenges for Wooden Spoon, including the Wolf Run! The event is a unique combination of three kinds of off-road running: mud runs, trail runs and obstacle runs. This year James Kirby was one of the brave challengers to take it on. James raised over £700 for Wooden Spoon Chilterns, which is a fantastic amount which will go towards projects in the Chilterns region. James, said: “It was a great day and I am pleased I was able to exceed my target on the fundraising. I am very glad I took part and definitely aim to do it again.”
London Marathon 2016 – Helen’s story
“It was an amazing day! Probably one of the best things I have ever done. I had done lots of training but still found it really hard work. What helped me through was the amazing crowds and knowing that I have received so much support from my friends and family. I am so happy with the amount raised and couldn’t think of a better charity. I choose to support Wooden Spoon as I am lucky to have seen first hand the good the charity does – I have visited 3 local schools and seeing where the money goes touched me. It’s nice to be part of something where you can see the money making a difference.”
Matt and Geraldine complete crazy challenge!
Geraldine Colclough and Matt Alderson completed a crazy challenge in May; cycling 140km through the Welsh hills raising over £490 for Wooden Spoon! Having supported Wooden Spoon before they were both keen to support again as they share the same values of using sport as a positive influence to help improve children’s lives.