British and Irish Lions | The Lions Charitable Trust renews its charitable partnerships
The British & Irish Lions Charitable Trust has renewed four existing charity partnerships, helping rugby-based charities raise funds and awareness over the next 12 months.
The decision was made to expand the partnerships in recognition of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their fundraising activities. The following charities will work in partnership with the Trust over the coming year:
- Matt Hampson Foundation
- My Name’5 Doddie Foundation
- The Atlas Foundation
- Wooden spoon
The Trust wants to give every charity the opportunity to use the full benefits of partnerships, which was not entirely possible in 2021 due to COVID-19 related lockdowns.
Charities will receive promotional support during the partnership, including the use of Lions digital platforms to generate awareness, as well as access to Lions tour memorabilia for fundraising.
“It is with great privilege that I can announce that we are renewing our four charity partnerships for a second year,” said Gavin Hastings, Chairman of the Trustees of the British & Irish Lions Charitable Trust.
“Each charity partner has rugby at the heart of what they do, and so we wanted all four charities to reap all the benefits of the partnership. We look forward to working closely with each charity again this year and to support them in their mission to raise much-needed funds for their charitable causes.
The Matt Hampson Foundation aims to inspire and support anyone in the UK who suffers a life-changing injury through sport with the provision of physical and mental well-being support.
The Foundation is the brainchild of founder and former England Tigers and Leicester rugby player Matt Hampson OBE, who himself suffered a life-changing injury in 2005 which left him paralyzed from the neck down, only 20 years old.
“We are delighted to have been chosen as the official charity partner of the British & Irish Lions Trust for another year,” said Tommy Cawston, CEO of the Matt Hampson Foundation.
“The opportunities the partnership has brought to the Foundation so far have been fantastic and have helped us increase our visibility and bring much needed funds to our grantees. We are getting a lot of support from current and former Lions players and we look forward to starting our plans for 2022 to promote the partnership.
The My Name’5 Doddie Foundation has a clear vision of a world without motor neurone disease. Formed in November 2017, following the diagnosis of former Scottish international and Lions legend Doddie Weir with motor neurone disease (MND), the charity was founded in response to his frustration with the lack of options available to MND patients – no effective treatment, no access to meaningful clinical trial services and no hope.
Jill Douglas, CEO of My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, said: “We are delighted that our charitable partnership with The British & Irish Lions Trust has been renewed and we have a busy schedule of activities planned accordingly.
“My Name’5 Doddie Foundation has benefited greatly from this relationship, allowing us to invest more funds in targeted research to help find a cure for motor neurone disease (MND) and support patients living with the disease. The relationship has also meant a lot to Doddie, who considers his time with the British and Irish Lions to be one of the highlights of his career.
The Atlas Foundation exists to help underprivileged children work towards a better future through communities and rugby initiatives. Founded in 2015 by former England international and British and Irish Lion Jason Leonard, the Foundation is committed to bringing practical help directly to those who need it most, funding and delivering projects that have a tangible impact on the daily life of more than 50,000 young people. people in 16 countries on five continents.
In the world’s poorest communities, Atlas improves education, provides safe places to play, diverts children from crime, provides food, water and medical supplies, and builds a network of support and of compassionate rugby players who ensure children thrive.
Atlas Foundation CEO Boris Pomroy said: “We are delighted that our partnership with the British and Irish Lions has been extended. This has already given Atlas the chance to deepen our ties with the global rugby family, and we look forward to continuing this over the next year. The support of Lions is greatly felt by Atlas and our partners working in some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.
Wooden spoon is the children’s rugby charity, funding life-changing projects for disabled or disadvantaged children and young people.
Since 1983, Wooden Spoon has raised over £29 million and funded over 1,300 projects in the UK and Ireland, including projects such as sensory playrooms, play areas and outdoor activities air, health and wellness and specialized equipment.
Sarah Webb, CEO of Wooden Spoon, said, “Partnering with the Lions has been a privilege to be a part of. Wooden Spoon embodies the partnership of British and Irish Lions, four nations working together to achieve great things.
“The partnership has been a rubber stamp coming out of COVID at a time when people need reassurance and confidence in who they are supporting and donating to. We look forward to continuing to work with the Trust to highlight the great work being done in the rugby community and family.
The Lions Charitable Trust exists to connect with, nurture and support all Lions players in need, while advancing the spirit, values and philosophy of Lions through rugby clubs and communities across England , Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
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