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.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.