Crowdfunding appeals help Frampton Cotterell Rugby Club
CROWDFUNDING campaigns have raised more than £13,000 to support Frampton Cotterell Rugby Club.
Members, supporters and well-wishers have been rallying to help provide a financial lifeline for the club, one of the thousands across the country whose future has been put at risk by the coronavirus lockdown.
After the rugby season finished early and the clubhouse at Crossbow House closed in mid-March, the club lost all of its income.
Club chairman Tony Bleakman set up an appeal on website JustGiving in early May.
Within three days it had already topped the £7,000 mark from 130 donations, as word spread.
By mid-June it had passed £13,500.
Launching the appeal, Tony wrote: “We are really struggling financially due to an early end of of season and closure on the clubhouse bar and social events.
“We are asking for your support in any way you can think of for raising money, lads – by washing your family's car, cleaning the house, cutting the grass (please make sure that you follow the Government guidelines) or anything else you can think up. Or just donate a few quid!”
As the donations started to roll in, he said: “A massive thank you to all that have donated so far! This club means a lot to me, as I am sure it does to many. It’s quite emotional how many have you have given their support so quickly.”
Donations to the appeal can be made on the club's online JustGiving page.
The under-10s team at Frampton Cotterell rugby club has been playing its part in fundraising.
Team coach Jake Darby set the youngsters a challenge of collectively running, walking or cycling 222 miles in seven days to raise £250, with the total to be split between the club and the Grand Appeal for Bristol Children’s Hospital.
The figure represents the distance from Frampton to Brixham in Devon and back again.
Jake said: “Brixham holds a special place in our junior section as its where we go on tour each year but couldn’t go in March due to COVID-19.
“We absolutely smashed our challenge, doing a total of 487.95 miles. What an achievement as a team.”
The appeal also smashed its target, raising more than £1,200 as the Voice went to press.
To donate, visit the JustGiving page.