This weekend’s Gallagher Premiership fixture against Gloucester (Saturday, November 2, 3.00pm) will also mark the first of our official charity partner takeover days this season.
The club welcomed the Bodie Hodges Foundation alongside the club’s three other charity partners for the 2019/20 season back in October, and will dedicate this weekend’s game to supporting the charity.
Who are the Bodie Hodges Foundation?
The Bodie Hodges Foundation offers support to families that have been bereaved of a child and raises awareness of Organ Donation.
In 2012, the Hodge’s family entered a devastating chapter in their life, when they lost their 10 month old son, Bodie, following a terrible choking accident. Through this heart-wrenching experience, it became very clear that there was a lack of support for bereaved families of a child.
In 2013, Nick Hodges, Bodie’s father, launched the charity through his passion and determination to create a platform which truly supports bereaved families.
Since then, the foundation has gone on to support a number of projects across the county including:
- Bodies Boathouse, a purpose-built lodge providing families who have been bereaved of a child with a one week stay
- ‘Bodie’s Treasured Memory Bags’ which offer a free resource supporting siblings living with the death of a brother or sister
- ‘Organ Donation Schools Education Programme’ launched in September 2018 to raise awareness of the facts about organ.
How can fans support the charity this matchday?
Volunteers from the charity will be hosting bucket collections around Welford Road ahead of the 3.00pm kick-off, and fans will be able to watch a video of showcasing the work of the Foundation on the big screens throughout the day.
Supporters can also 'save the date' for the charities upcoming Bodie Hodges Foundation Sports Dinner 2020 taking place on Thursday, March 26 at Welford Road.
To find our more please, visit: www.bodiehodgesfoundation.co.uk