One man's desire to help a local charity and mitigate his tax liability came together to benefit Cheltenham-based charity LINC (Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy Fund).
Due to a unique set of circumstances, local accountants Crowe Clark Whitehill were able to find a way for the charity to benefit and entirely mitigate a liability to HM Revenue & Customs. Following advice from Mike Ingmire at Crowe Clark Whitehill, the client made a substantial donation to LINC. Although a very considerable donation, it was less than the original tax liability.
This donation was increased by several thousand pounds in Gift Aid from HMRC, and LINC benefitted both from the donation and the additional Gift Aid - which combined to give their funds a considerable boost. Dr Gill Rouse was delighted to accept the cheque on behalf of the charity. A classic case of everyone being a winner - with the possible exception of HM Revenue & Customs.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.
Connacht's 30-20 win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening means that they are the third best placed runners up and will come to Kingsholm for the quarter-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup in early April.