Posted: December 13, 2017
The staff at Burgess Hodgson have once again broken their own yearly fundraising record, managing to donate £7,500 to the local Canterbury ‘Hellfire’ Wheelchair Rugby Club.
The Club are very proud to be the only Club in Kent offering this Paralympic sport which is an exciting fusion of ice hockey, handball and rugby. However, following a review of Olympic funding post Rio 2016, Wheelchair Rugby had its funding cut entirely which has left many of the clubs suffering a funding crisis just to continue training each week.
The firm and staff were delighted to have been able to help keep the club going this year. The funds will contribute to the cost of chairs and other training equipment.
Throughout the year BH staff threw themselves at a wide variety of events in order to help with the fundraising, from regular bake sales through to a firm wide summer sports games and quiz. In addition, during the year the staff were even invited along to participate in one of the squads training sessions and to come down and meet the players and coaches.
Following the presentation of the years fundraising efforts, Club coach and 2012 GB wheel chair rugby captain Steve Brown said:
“Your support is helping people both mentally and physically be better. Sport is not just about being fitter; sport is about the qualities it can give a person to become better in everything they do. Players at Canterbury Hellfire are growing in these qualities whilst also becoming world class players. We are now mid table of the top division and play internationally. There have been three players come through the club that now play for GB and it would not have happened without the help and support of people like you.”
Burgess Hodgson have been proud to support such a worthy cause, Kenton May, partner at the firm, commented:
“…all members of the charity and squad displayed such dedication and were a true inspiration to us all”.