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.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).