Barnes RFC to lift 1 Million Kgs on 2nd May to remember Garry Garrett and raise funds for NHS
A few weeks ago, Garry Garrett, the dad of Barnes RFC 1st XV hooker Jack Garrett, became one of the innocent victims of COVID-19, healthy and fit one week, tragically dead the next.
Garry, and his wife Yolanda, were stalwart supporters of Barnes rugby, always present, always friendly, and always passionate about rugby.
Barnes RFC Chairman, Michael ‘Rhino’ Whitfield said: “It was a great shock for all of the Barnes Rugby family when Garry died. Everyone wanted to help Yolanda and Jack, everyone wanted to do something to honour his memory. We came up with the idea of lifting 1 million kilograms this Saturday, raising money for the NHS whilst we do it – that’s what the Big Barnes RFC 1Million Kg Lift is all about”.
Across, the whole club, we are seeing an incredible response: players, coaches, physios, parents and social members are signing up in droves to take part on Saturday. And now we are getting support from around the world, current and ex-international players from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA…see attached
Anyone can take part, you don’t need proper weights, you can lift anything you have to hand: a bag of sugar, a litre of water, a packet of potatoes – as long as you know what it weighs so we can add it to the 1 million kg target”
We don’t just want to lift 1 million kgs on Saturday, we also to raise at least £10,000 for NHS charities. Monies will be raised from participants paying £10 (or their pocket money) to register for the lift, with additional donations also welcome from anyone who just wants to make a contribution. Having raised £25,000 already, we are hopeful that we can smash this target!
This is the link to the donation page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/BarnesRFC
More information can be found at these links with endorsements from famous Rugby Internationals and others.
How the Big Barnes RFC 1 Million Kgs Lift works: https://twitter.com/MichaelW_Rhino/status/1254901026127216640?s=20
A message from Jamie George: https://www.facebook.com/236016666453939/videos/831577230676297/
A message from Jonny Wiklinson: https://www.facebook.com/236016666453939/videos/237348344145169/
Messages from a host of international props…Jason Leonard, Joe Marler, Andrew Sheridan…https://www.facebook.com/236016666453939/videos/160665595367294/
A message from RFU CEO, Bill Sweeney https://www.facebook.com/236016666453939/videos/227315605242929/
Ashley Brandon – Social Media and Website Manager Barnes RFC Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Media Postings
Please tag any posts/pictures or videos @barnesrugbyclub on any Instagram, Facebook or Twitter posts, and use #BarnesRFCBigLift #stayhomestaystrong #nhs #oneclub
Thank you all for you support
Copy of letter sent to Middlesex Clubs 27th April 2020.
Dear Club Colleague,
I hope you are all well and safe during this interesting period of our lives.
Hopefully you have seen the information coming out from the County and the RFU about the support available for our clubs whether it be from Government, local authorities, the RFU and Sport England. This also includes reserves from the County put aside to support our most vulnerable clubs
Louise Latter as Chair of Rugby Development and Andrew Smart in his role with the Groups have the lead in the County to ensure that all our clubs have both the information and access to the support they require to help get them through this crisis.
An initial appeal for our most vulnerable clubs to come forward identified no clubs in immediate danger although we are dealing with some requests where a small number of clubs have identified particular needs.
Having dealt with those clubs paying business rates on their facilities we are now focusing our energies on those clubs who either rent their facilities or aren’t eligible for the Hospitality, Retail and Leisure Grant, to establish what support they require and in particular when they need it.
To help us to support you we require the following information:
- Are you aware of the RFU Loans, Sport England Emergency Fund or the County’s Support Fund? Have you made application for any of these? If so can you confirm which and what success, if any, you have had in getting funding.
- An indication of your current reserves to include a copy of your most recent accounts
- Any outstanding debts
- What your reserves will look like on 1st September and 1st December if rugby doesn’t start by those dates?
- What are your current needs for funding and if so what for and how much?
- If you don’t have any current needs, will that changes when the season finally approaches? Again, if yes, what for, when required and how much?
- Any other concerns or questions that we can help with?
Please include all your contact details and your current role at your club.
We are here to help.
All the best.
Lou Latter and Andrew Smart
New government Covid-19 business support finder tool
This week the government launched a new ‘support finder’ tool to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.
The finder tool on GOV.UK will ask business owners to fill out a simple online questionnaire, which can take minutes to complete, and they will then be directed to a list of all the financial support they may be eligible for.
Click here to find out how this tool could be helpful.
Emergency Loan Scheme
Applications received are now being processed. The deadline for clubs to apply for the first phase of the Emergency Loan Scheme is Thursday 30 April 2020. Click here to access information, or process an application.
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