Past Charities

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fbe Charity Support

The fbe is not an organisation principally involved in fund raising for good causes. However, since our formation in 1946 branches, recognizing that its members are privileged in the sense that they all have good jobs, relatively well paid and good prospects, achieving most of what we want in our lives can at least make some contribution from time to time.

Many Branches feature a charity at certain events through out the year raising money from raffles and some times auctions. There are Branches who annually hand over the chair and as a part of the role for the incoming chair is the choice of a charity for the year. This very often benefits local Charities, a good thing in itself.

For example Great Western Branch and Cambria Branch have been involved in this way for well over thirty years East Midlands and West Wales similarly following suit.

The sums involved are quite sizable. Great Western will raise 5k at just one event.

These are dinners and its all relatively easy to get members and guests to part with just a little.

Other branches will host an event at Christmas with a specific charity in mind whilst London for example chose a charity for the heart and promote it at every event.
Branches also run specific fund raising events; charity Golf Days and cycling events amongst them.

The Branch Chair has this discretion and that maintains a regional activity. The National Chairman similarly during the tenure has a choice of a Charity for National events.

This past couple of years Howard Gadd has chosen the Wooden Spoon. This because of its good works but also because funds which are raised locally are spent locally and this fits well with the Regional network. That’s not to say that something with a more national spread is not appropriate, it is and hopefully that will continue to be a consideration for succeeding Chairs

All Branches promote the Charity contribution on their page on this site.


Wooden Spoon Charity

 Wooden Spoon funds life-changing projects across the UK and Ireland to  support children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage. Since our founding in 1983, we have distributed in excess of £24 million to more than 650 projects, helping over 1 million disabled and disadvantaged children. Our rugby heritage gives us our core values of passion, integrity, teamwork and fun, and working closely with the wider rugby community, our values drive the ethos and spirit in everything we do.

We have over 400 committed volunteers who are raising funds in local communities up and down the country.  We are extremely proud to say that the money they raise locally funds projects in their local areas. We fund a range of projects, which are not just rugby focused, supporting approximately 70 projects a year including respite and medical treatment centres, sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and community-based programmes. Rugby has always defined Wooden Spoon. Our roots lie in rugby and our future is shaped by it. The sport provides us with a purpose in making a positive difference changing children’s lives through the power of rugby.

How can you help?

You don’t have to push yourself to your physical limits to help us change children’s lives for the better. Whatever your skillset or time available – regardless of the length and frequency – your contribution is crucial to our work.

1. Become a member
2. Join a regional committee
3. Come along to an event
4. Fundraise for us
5. Make a donation

By getting involved, together we can change children’s lives through the power of rugby. Find out more at  #wearerugby


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