RUGBY LEGENDS RAISE OVER £9,000 FOR CHARITY

The lunch raised money for the Rennie Grove Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Society. Rennie Grove was chosen in honour of Michael Child who organised this lunch for many years until he sadly passed away earlier this year.

The photo shows President Graham Evans, sponsor John Herring, MC Ian Richards and the two rugby legends

The Rotary Club of High Wycombe held their eleventh annual Sporting lunch at Adams Park on 9 December 2017. (Bucks Free Press)

Over 200 people attended the lunch where the guests of honour were two famous British Lions Willie John McBride and Phil Bennett O.B.E. As in previous years it was sponsored by Risk Management Security Services.

With the help of thecompère Ian Richards they related tales about the 1974 British Lions tour to South Africa when they became the first touring team ever to win in South Africa. They talked about how rugby has changed in forty years as in those days the coach was what transported the players to the ground and the players were notified of their selection by letter rather than through social media.

Although there were protests at the time about appearing to support apartheid in fact the Lions were also the first touring team to play matches against teams of blacks and coloureds.

The lunch raised money for the Rennie Grove Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Society. Rennie Grove was chosen in honour of Michael Child who organised this lunch for many years until he sadly passed away earlier this year.

The President of High Wycombe Rotary Club, Graham Evans, said how grateful he was that these legends had given up their time to help raise such a sum of money for charity.

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