13th May 2019

Everest Rugby Challenge

Everest Rugby Challenge

In-site often sponsor good causes and tough challenges but this one takes some beating. The LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge was organiased by Wooden Spoon. This is their message of thanks.

Thank you for supporting our LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge. I am delighted to share the fantastic news that our brave team of Challengers have trekked to Advanced Base Camp on Mount Everest and successfully played two world record-breaking games of rugby!

This is an incredible personal achievement for each of them; trekking to 6,400m whilst enduring tough ground conditions, extreme weather changes and battling the effects of high altitude.  All this before even playing the matches on the glacier, which both ended in a draw but were very competitive, as you would expect!

Please find attached our thank-you certificate to display in your office and the photos taken with your flag during the trip. Look out for our social media posts over the next few days where we will be tagging you.

Our responsibility is now to ensure that the funds that our Challengers have worked so hard to raise are spent carefully, funding life-changing projects across the UK and Ireland to support children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage.  More than 930,000 children are living with disabilities in the UK* and 4 in 10 children with disabilities are living with poverty**.

We are currently evaluating requests to fund a range of projects, such as the sensory room funded at Bonnyrigg’s Bright Sparks Playgroup, in Scotland, where 250 children with severe and complex needs can play, relax and explore.  Suzanne, whose daughter Ellen, who has Down’s Syndrome and global development delay, has been visiting bright Sparks for four years, said that “There is no other facility locally for families to access and myself and Ellen are supported by staff and other parents, which is invaluable.”

Without your support and the heroic efforts of our Challengers we could not continue to fulfil our vision that through the power of rugby every child and young person, no matter what their background, has access to the same opportunities.

From myself and all of the Wooden Spoon team, a heart-felt thank-you.

Kind Regards,

Sarah Webb

CEO, Wooden Spoon

P.S. To hear more about the real story of the Challenge, join our Team Captains as they host lunch at the M Restaurant, on July 4th. Please see the attached flyer for more details.  To book, call our events team on 01252 773 720 or email smahon@woodenspoon.org.uk

sources: *Papworth Trust 2018, ** The Children’s Society, 2011 & Disability Rights, 2013