December 7 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
SAFFRON Walden Rugby Club is well on the way to achieving its fifty50 anniversary fundraising target of £50,000.
A significant amount was raised by two events earlier this year – a beer festival and ‘Past and Present’ Rugby Club Ball - and the fun reached almost £25,000 this week.
Simon Read, the club’s fifty50 co-ordinator, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have reached this milestone even before the start of the new season and would like to thank everyone involved in organising the beer festival and the ball.
“Since then players and supporters alike have really got behind this fund raising campaign and taken it upon themselves to do some amazing things to raise money for our cause.”
Funds will be used for repairs and improvements to the clubhouse and pitches, together with investment in the ongoing development of the club’s youth Academy, aimed at players aged 15-18.
Fund-raiser has been taken on apace.
The first and second senior teams held a very successful barbecue at The Duke of York pub on the day of the historic British Lions Test win over Australia. They raised £745 and thanked Ian and Sarah Warner for their generosity.
Kate Ebbens, whose son Alex plays for the under-8s, took on the tough 3-Peaks Challenge and raised over £1,500; Louise Jones rode over 100 miles from London to Surrey and raised £350; Jess Peck kindly donated £500 from the takings raised at the Glen Peck Memorial Cricket Game; and Alex Sullivan and James Wilkinson at Just Gym held a summer fete and raised almost £450.
Later this month the club will formally launch its biggest fifty50 fundraising activity – the Squad Challenge. In total there are 16 squads – from under-6s to under-2s in the minis, under-13 to under-18 in the youth, and the three teams in the senior section.
Each squad has set itself a target to raise a minimum of £500.
“We’re hoping for some healthy competition between squads to see which team can raise the most amount of money,” added Read.
For details of how to get involved with the club and for progress to date towards the £50,000 target, visit swrfc.co.uk or on Facebook at facebook.com/Saffronwaldenrugbyfifty50