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Pied Piper Appeal announced as Gloucester Rugby’s chosen charity

Gloucester Rugby is excited to announce the Pied Piper Appeal as the club’s chosen charity for the 2021-22 season.

The Cherry and Whites have worked closely with the charity over the last 15 years and are looking forward to supporting their aim of making a difference to sick and disabled children in Gloucestershire in our final year as our official chosen charity.

Pied Piper are celebrating their 30th year in 2022 in making a difference in the community and continue to help children in need through the provision of equipment, training and resources.

Pied Piper’s key work includes funding the children’s centre at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, supporting all of the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) schools, sending children with life limiting illnesses on a Wish Holiday to make lasting memories and also improving paediatric mental health facilities in the county.

Nick Broady, chair of the Appeal, is excited about the renewed partnership with Gloucester Rugby.

“We have a long-standing relationship with the club having managed the turnstiles on match days for many years. Some of our board members are also box and season ticket holders and have been Gloucester fans for many years.

“Each year we have organised for the players to visit the Children’s Centre and boost the spirits of the children and their families in hospital, seeing their rugby heroes and taking pictures. We have also worked on a number of testimonial committees for players helping to run events and fundraise. Most seasons we are awarded a game for the charity again, to raise profile and monies,” vice chair Julie Kent MBE.

“It’s great to have Gloucester Rugby onboard and we are looking forward to the events that we have planned with the club for the upcoming season.

“The work we do is vital to the children of Gloucestershire. The huge difference we make is not only felt by the countless children and families who visit our hospitals but also in the far-reaching projects and fundraising that improves the lives of children at so many schools and centres in Gloucestershire,” added Cathryn Hage, trustee.

Gloucester Rugby’s CEO, Lance Bradley, is equally pleased to be supporting the charity again this year.

“Pied Piper is a charity that makes a real difference, and we are proud to be supporting them by making them our chosen charity for this year. 

“Our community is the heartbeat of the Gloucester Rugby, and alongside Pied Piper we are proud to be making a real difference to the lives of sick and disabled children in the community.”

We recognise there are a number of wonderful charities doing amazing work in supporting the local community, which is why we have introduced our new Charity Policy which will enable us to help more charities over the coming years. CLICK HERE to read more.