Dinner with rugby player Gavin Hastings raises nearly £9k for Parkinson’s group

Brett Salisbury (Handelsbanken), Jim Cave (Chairman Rugby Branch) Cat Sabine, Dr MacMahon and Shaun Barron (Howkins and Harrison) - the auctioneer
Brett Salisbury (Handelsbanken), Jim Cave (Chairman Rugby Branch) Cat Sabine, Dr MacMahon and Shaun Barron (Howkins and Harrison) - the auctioneer

A recent dinner at the Rugby Fanzone raised the amazing sum of £8,690 for Parkinson’s UK- the main charity helping fund research into Parkinson’s disease.

And £800 will be used to help the Rugby branch to start a Pilates exercise group and the remainder will fund research.

The Chairman of the Organising Committee, Dr Doug MacMahon, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we raised so much money whilst enjoying a great evening with ‘Big Gav’ - the Scotland and British Lions International player - Gavin Hastings - who was a truly inspirational speaker.

“Over 150 local people attended. Chef’s Kitchen of Hillmorton did a tremendously good job as our caterers, and donations for auction and raffle prizes were received from many local and national firms.”

The other members pictured at the Fanzone (left to right) are: Brett Salisbury (Handelsbanken), Jim Cave (Chairman Rugby Branch) Cat Sabine, Dr MacMahon and Shaun Barron (Howkins and Harrison) - the auctioneer.

The branch will be opening a charity shop in The Clock Towers Shopping Centre this week and would welcome visitors and donations.