Marlborough Rugby Club recently teamed up with rugby charity The Wooden Spoon to celebrate the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa and raise money for disadvantaged children across Wiltshire. Entertaining the 150 guests present was Finlay Calder, the former Scotland flanker and winning Captain on the 1989 Lions tour to Australia. Captivating the audience with his personal memories of a tour that is every rugby players dream, those present were privileged to gain an insight into the ultimate rugby experience.
Following the headline speech, local auctioneer Charles Lucas of Humberts oversaw an auction of sporting memorabilia, that included signed Lions shirts, along with other items kindly donated by local business, including the Hills Group, The Food Gallery, Haine & Smith, Pino's, Sony Centre, The Raj and QED Framing.
Thanks to the generosity of those present and the local businesses also supporting the event, including Moran's Catering, Azuza and Colina Wines, over £5,000 was raised for the Wiltshire branch of Wooden Spoon. Commenting on the evening, Charlie Sheppy of Marlborough Rugby Club was delighted with the outcome, "The evening surpassed all expectations and we were delighted to be able raise a significant sum of money for Wooden Spoon, who for over 25 years have harnessed the spirit and values of rugby to give disadvantaged children a chance to achieve their full potential. Finlay Calder was a tremendous speaker and we were very lucky to secure the services of such a legend of the game to propose the toast to the British and Irish Lions ahead of their trip to South Africa."