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Tigers charities raise £15k during the season

Leicester Tigers four official charities for the 2018/19 season have raised mire than £15,000 for their respective causes at Welford Road. 

The Bridge Homelessness to Hope, Dementia UK, the Matt Hampson Foundation and the Leicester Tigers Foundation all enjoyed dedicated matchdays during the season to help raise awareness of their charities.

The official charities were able to host bucket collections as well as events at Welford Road.

The Bridge Homelessness to Hope supported Tigers' victory over Gloucester in January, with money raised from the bucket collection funding 1,000 of the 16,000 meals the charity serves to the homeless during 2019.

Tigers young players including Joe Heyes and Tommy Reffell also volunteered at the charity over the festive period. 

Dementia UK hosted their ‘Night to Remember’ at Welford Road in March welcoming more than 200 guests and showed a video of the Tigers players led by former fly-half Bleddyn Jones, as well as staging a bucket collection during a visit from Saracens to Welford Road.

In a season which saw the Matt Hampson Foundation Get Busy Living Centre open, Matt also joined Tigers for derby day against Northampton Saints with Tigers players wearing Hambo T-shirts as well as supporting a bucket collection. 

The Leicester Tigers Foundation continued its work to support a number of community projects and initiatives led by the club. Fans could also donate eco-cups at home matches with the charity receiving the £1 cup donation as well as selling merchandise like the heritage shirts recognising the 47 Tigers who gave their lives in the World Wars. 

Alec Brown, Tigers fundraising and administration manager, said: “This has been a tremendous year for this club's charities and a huge thanks must go to the supporters who have helped over the course of the season. 

“With the new season soon upon us, I am excited to be working with local charities who we will be supporting with bucket collections, charity-focused games and fundraising events at the club in 2019/20.”

Look out soon for an announcement of the names of the club charities for 2019/20. For anyone who is interested in applying to be one of the official club charities for the 2020/21 season, keep an eye out on the Foundation pages on the website for more information in the coming months.