Bath Rugby coaches and players came together on Tuesday for a curry and Q&A session to raise money for Bath Rugby Foundation and Cardiff’s George Thomas Hospice.
Over 100 guests dined in style at the Loake Shoemakers event and The Mint Room was buzzing as Bath’s Director of Rugby Todd Blackadder and Head Coach Tabai Matson gave a preview of the season like no other.
The night kicked-off with Loakes’ Business Development Manager James Hughes introducing representatives from both charities. CEO of Bath Rugby’s charity Lynne Fernquest and George Thomas Hospice representative - and former boxing champion - Nicky Piper MBE reminded guests about where their generous donations were going and the impact each charity had on the local community.
David Flatman, former Bath player turned rugby pundit, hosted an entertaining Q&A with Todd and Tabai, which was followed by an auction. Up for grabs were signed and framed Lions and Bath Rugby shirts, Loake shoes and a tour of the factory, and tickets to a Bath Rugby match followed by a trip behind the scenes at Farleigh House.
During the final Q&A with Freddie Burns, Darren Allinson, and Rhys Priestland, Freddie was asked how he feels about the upcoming trip to Leicester, to which he replied, “I am a Bath boy through and through and I am glad to be playing for my home club.”
Lynne Fernquest, CEO of Bath Rugby Foundation, said: “What a fantastic evening – we can’t thank our friends at Loake and The Mint Rooms enough for their effort they put into the evening. Every penny raised for our charity will make a difference to vulnerable youngsters’ lives.
Over £3,500 was raised, half of which will come to Bath Rugby Foundation. Many thanks to James Hughes at Loake for organising the event, and to Moe Rahman and the team at the Mint Room for their continued support. We’re counting down the days until the next one!