EIC sponsored team, Alcester RFC raised an amazing £8,433 for
Help for Heroes at their inaugural Help for Heroes Trophy tournament last month
(April), a three way competition between Alcester, a Forces XV and a Redditch
XV who ran out the trophy winners.
A large crowd watched some excellent rugby at King’s Coughton.
There were also various off field activities, prizes and sponsorship from
numerous local businesses as well as stalls manned by 2nd Studley Guides, the
club’s junior section running a well-stocked cake stall.
The Forces XV, put together by Alcester under 13s coach Paul
Ashford, a former member of the Army, played Alcester in the first game and
were beaten 17-0. The mainly veteran
forces side, most of whom had not played rugby for a considerable time, were
then given a break, while Alcester took on Redditch, with the power and
experience of the Kingfisher’s side proving too much for their generally much younger
home opponents. Redditch ran out 19-5 winners.
EIC project manager and Alcester RFC committee member James Clarie
helped put together a great event which was enjoyed by all.
Marilyn Barnett, regional coordinator for Help for Heroes said,
“They say that you only get out of life what you put into it and the
magnificent total raised is indeed a reflection of the amount of effort which
went into making the day such a success. It was a great pleasure to see such
community spirit, with people from all walks of life and age groups working
together with a common aim. To all of those involved in so many ways, a huge
thank you! What you have done will make a difference to a lot of people’s