5 April 2017

An annual fundraiser held at the Concorde Club in Eastleigh has raised more than £3,000 for Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby.

The annual Race Night event, now in its 3rd year, raises money in aid of Wooden Spoon, a national charity with headquarters in Fleet. This year, the total raised was £3,300 and the money will go directly towards helping disadvantaged and disabled children and young people, changing lives through the power of rugby.

The event was held on Tuesday 28th March and was hosted by leading accountancy firm, Wilkins Kennedy’s Southampton office and Metro Bank. The 140 people in attendance made up 25 teams who gathered to take part in betting, drinking and some great food. There was also a raffle and an auction.

Murray Jones from Metro Bank, along with eight others in his team, became involved with the event after they were approached by the charity, who was an existing client. They knew of Murray’s previous history of raising funds for other events and wasted no time in asking if he, together with Wilkins Kennedy’s Bruce Elkins, could help. Bruce has a history of successful fundraising over 25 years where he collectively raised more than £250,000. He also has a connection with Rugby as long-serving Finance Chairman at Tottonians RFC. What’s more, Bruce and Murray were old friends, meeting as local professional business contacts, and shared a background and keen interest in rugby – so it was an obvious pairing.

Bruce commented: “The charity race nights are always a great success and we were pleased to raise such a significant amount for a very worthy cause. I do a lot of work for charities in Hampshire and when I heard about this project I was only too happy to get involved. Fortunately my role at Wilkins Kennedy afforded me a long history of friendship with Murray and I was really pleased to be able to help him out.”

Murray Jones, Area Director at Metro Bank added: “Wooden Spoon is a great client of ours at Metro Bank and I have run several events previously to raise funds for the children’s charity of rugby. Thank you to all who attended as it enabled us to increase the headcount – and the money raised at the end!”

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