Across the UK and Ireland, Wooden Spoon funds life-changing projects that support children and young people with disabilities or living in disadvantage. Since 1983, the charity has funded more than 1,300 projects, totalling over £29 million. And while Wooden Spoon’s roots stem from a long association with grassroots rugby, they fund a range of local projects which are not just rugby focused, including respite and medical treatment centres, sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds, and community-based programmes.
Here at Securitas UK, we have been supporting Wooden Spoon for several years and have raised thousands of pounds through internal events and fundraising activities, such as our annual Community Awards.
Rugby connections in Gloucestershire
With our dedicated Electronic Security office located in Gloucester, just a drop kick away from Kingsholm Stadium - one of the UK’s most famous rugby venues, we took the opportunity to donate an ‘1873 Club experience for five guests’ for Gloucester Rugby’s upcoming Premiership match versus Harlequins on Sunday January 2, 2022.
Wooden Spoon’s Gloucestershire branch auctioned the prize at their recent annual fundraising dinner, which took place on November 18, 2021. It was their first fund-raising event since March 2020 and the money raised from the auction will support the incredible work that Wooden Spoon do to positively transform lives and ensure every child and young person has access to the best life opportunities.
Commenting on Securitas’ rugby-themed donation, Helen Hartery-Brown, volunteer at Wooden Spoon Gloucestershire, explained: “We are very grateful to Securitas for their kind donation of the 1873 Club experience. It was a highly sought-after auction prize at our annual dinner and has helped us to raise valuable funds to support our charitable projects in and around Gloucestershire.”
For more information about the work Wooden Spoon do to support children and young people across the UK, please visit: https://woodenspoon.org.uk