The British & Irish Lions Charitable Trust has today revealed four new charity partnerships, which all have rugby at the heart of what they do:
- Matt Hampson Foundation
- My Name’5 Doddie Foundation
- The Atlas Foundation
- Wooden Spoon
The one-year partnerships will allow the charities to use The British & Irish Lions Charitable Trust logo for all promotional activity during that period. In addition, the charities will also have the opportunity to use the Lions’ digital platforms for promotional purposes, as well as access to 2021 Lions Tour memorabilia for fundraising.
“We are delighted to announce our four charity partnerships today,” said Gavin Hastings, Chairman of Trustees for the Lions Charitable Trust.
“We are proud to be partnering with four incredible charities who all have a connection with rugby at their core. We look forward to helping raise as much money as possible by highlighting the vital work they do.
“2021 marks the start of our new charity programme and we look forward to building on this over the coming years.”
The Lions Charitable Trust exists to connect with, nurture and support all Lions players in need, alongside furthering the spirit, values and ethos of the Lions through rugby clubs and communities across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Trust focuses on providing financial support for the home unions’ funds for injured players and offering assistance to Lions who may have fallen on hard times. Established in 2002, its Board of Trustees includes Gavin Hastings (Chairman of Trustees), Richard Hill (Trustee), Fergus Slattery (Trustee) and Sam Warburton (Trustee).
“Being part of the Lions in 1997 was one of the great highlights of my rugby career. The friendships and relationships forged during the Tour have remained with me and I am therefore delighted to see this continue with The British & Irish Lions Trust charity partnership with My Name'5 Doddie Foundation,” said Doddie Weir.
“The support shown to me and the Foundation by the rugby community over the last three and half years has been incredible. It has allowed us to invest in vital and targeted MND research and help a great many people who are living with this devastating disease.
“We look forward to the summer and the opportunities that will follow through this special relationship with the Lions Trust.”
For more information visit www.lionsrugby.com/lions-trust