Bath Rugby hosted a Gala Dinner in London on Thursday 29th September, with over 200 people attending, in aid of Help for Heroes and Bath Rugby Foundation. The dinner was one of many fundraising events organised by the Club to raise money for the two charities.
The national charity partnership with Help for Heroes was announced last year, and builds on the pre-existing relationship between the Club and the military charity, which has been supporting wounded soldiers and their families since 2007. Players returning from injury have even shared the state-of-the-art equipment at the Tedworth House facility, including the anti-gravity treadmill.
Bath Rugby Foundation is the charitable arm of Bath Rugby, set up to empower young people in Bath and surrounding areas to succeed. It was born out of the Club’s desire to give back to the community and focuses on four key areas of need: health, education, employability and inclusion, helping young people to turn obstacles into opportunities.
The dinner was attended by players from the Club, both past and present, beneficiaries from both charities, and corporate supporters of the Club and both causes. Significant funds were raised at the event, including over £36,000 from the auction alone, which will be split equally between the two charities.
Tarquin McDonald, Managing Director of Bath Rugby, said: “The London Gala Dinner has been a fantastic event and I am very proud that the Club has raised such a substantial amount for two brilliant charities. Both charities use sport to aid recovery, build confidence and get people back on track which is something the Club, its players and staff think is hugely valuable. I look forward to raising more money for both these charities at The Clash, our match at Twickenham in April, and would like to thank everyone who supported us this evening and gave so generously.”