Capping a year of great charity and community activity

As big rugby fans, the Briggs family company was match day sponsors for local club Banbury RUFC vs. Stratford-upon-Avon and decided to initiate the club’s inaugural Charity Day. Inspired by a recent trip supporting the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand, company directors Jamie and Julie Briggs nominated three charities to benefit from the sponsored match day: Banbury Young Homelessness Project (BYHP), Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Wooden Spoon Rugby Charity.

Julie and Jamie thought it would be a great way to support local charities which have a significant link to the company and the rugby club. Julie is a schools volunteer for BYHP which supports vulnerable young people in and around Banbury, and Motor Neurone Disease which has affected many active people including, most recently, rugby player Doddie Weir. Banbury RUFC has recently been named the first Oxfordshire official Wooden Spoon Partner Club - the charity works to change children’s lives through the power of rugby.

“We believe it is really important to support our local community wherever we can. Linking our passion for rugby with these amazing charities topped off a brilliant year for our company,” said Jamie Briggs.

“We are absolutely bowled over with the total amount raised for these three wonderful charities. As the inaugural Charity Day, we had no idea what to expect but the supporters, sponsors and members of the rugby club got behind the event so magnificently, it couldn’t have gone better!”

Jamie Briggs Removals & Storage Ltd commissioned specially designed rugby shirts emblazoned with all three charity logos, which were worn on the day and then auctioned off after the game. There was also a club raffle and a percentage of the bar takings were added to the funds.

Joining the family business in 2017 and supporting the Rugby Charity Day, Jamie and Julie’s son Jack Briggs was not to be outdone – he donated his £250 sponsorship funds from running the Heyford 5k Race to BYHP as well.

Representatives from all three charities joined in the fun at the event and helped to present prizes and the Man of the Match Award to Banbury player Giles Saar. A great event all round as Banbury won this local derby 35-5!

Posted: 12th July 2017

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