Rugby club kicks off a big funding drive

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A massive fund-raising campaign, which includes a world record-breaking attempt, has kicked-off at a grass-roots rugby club to help fund drastic improvements to its facilities.

Alnwick Rugby Club has embarked on an ambitious development programme to overhaul the amenities at Greensfield.

The plans include two new changing rooms, a gym, disabled toilet and a complete refurbishment of existing toilets – for both ladies and gents – showers and baths.

Although work has already begun and substantial funding is in place, the club needs to raise an additional £85,000.

A series of money-making activities have been put in place to help collect the cash.

And Penny Stewart, who is chairman of the sub-committee tasked with leading the project, has made a plea to the public to back the cause.

“Alnwick Rugby Club needs your support,” she said.

“We hope that people will unite with us to make the club a better place for both the current and future players. We cannot do this without your support.

“We have set out initial fund-raising activities which we are planning to help us achieve these much-needed improvements.”

The most eye-catching is due to take place on Saturday, August 25, when a team will attempt to set a new world record for the most number of conversions within a 12-hour period.

It will start at 7am and supporters are urged to come along and cheer them on.

Immediately after the world-record bid, the club will host an auction, with live music and barbecue. It will be free but barbecue packs are £5.

People can also support the campaign by buying a brick.

Each one will be sold for £10, while special golden bricks are £50, and buyers will have their name put on a fund-raising wall in the clubhouse.

It is hoped that 1,000 will be sold over the course of this year.

Bricks will also be on sale on the night of the world-record attempt and Barclays has pledged to match-fund the first 75 £10 bricks sold. A limited number of life memberships are also available for £1,000 each.

Penny said: “We have a range of ideas with varying levels of financial commitment so that everyone can be involved in some way or another.

“We value any contribution and together we can build a better clubhouse.”

For details about the auction event and to donate an item to sell, call Richard on 07774 156568. For life memberships, call Robert on 07974 176853.

For more information about the campaign, to buy a brick, donate or to suggest other ideas, call Penny on 07835 513602.