Each year, Leicester Tigers offers its official charities for the season the chance to celebrate a matchday of fundraising and spreading awareness of its causes.
For Tigers final home game of the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership season against Bath Rugby (Saturday, May 18, 4.00pm), it’s the turn of the Leicester Tigers Foundation.
To find out more about the work of The Foundation, we caught up Tigers fundraising and administration manager, Alec Brown who has worked with Tigers charity arm for the last 18 months.
Foundation at work
“Over the last 12 months, we’ve created a number of provisions around Welford Road such as stadium tours, recognition of the sacrifice made by the Fallen 47 as well as supporting the Tigers Wheelchair Rugby team and various other community projects in the local area.”
Fan auctions helping support programme
“The Foundation has raised over £5,000 through its special online auction throughout this season alone including the auction of the signed Armistice Day kit which was kindly donated by Kukri as well as match worn shirts from Tigers 17/18 season to date.
“Half of this money raised has gone to help support Tigers heritage monument project with the other half towards the supply of junior rugby wheelchairs as part of our special educational needs programme, delivered by Tigers community department.”
'We will remember them'
“The Foundation have also launched a limited edition heritage shirt which is based on Tigers kits during the first and second world war. The back of the shirt has the names of all 47 players who lost their lives in either war on the back of the shirt in recognition for their ultimate sacrifice.”
Cup recycling raising £1’s donations
“With the current climate, it’s always good to recycle and as such the Foundation are looking to ‘recycle’ the eco cups as a way of raising vital funds. Every cup or jug that is deposited in the Foundation recycling bins around Welford Road on matchdays is another £1 to the Foundation.
“This is a great way of helping the foundation and it doesn’t involve you having to try to find change for a donation. The Foundation will be able to collect the deposits at the end of the night directly from the catering company.”
On a personal note…
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported the Foundation over the last 12 months. From sponsoring a wreath at our Armistice Day game to the fans who have purchased a limited edition ‘Fallen 47’ shirt, or even donating your eco cup.
“Every £1 helps us to continue with the good work that the Foundation does within the local community.”
Find out more about the Leicester Tigers Foundation at the link below.