National League side Hinckley have been cooking up a storm this half-term by producing 500 meals a day for their local community.
Despite the Midlands club experiencing ‘significant financial setbacks since last March’ due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Hinckley wanted to offer their support to children and their families during this difficult time.
Chairman John Tilley told England Rugby: “It was a shock to realise that parts of our community are really struggling to the point where they don’t have meals. We decided that we needed to give something back in hard times like these.
“A rugby club can do a lot more than providing rugby for the community and it became apparent from some of our members that local families were struggling to see where their next meal was coming from. That’s horrendous.
“We’re not flush, we are just surviving but we couldn’t sit idly by while large numbers of children and families were under the pump.
Brilliant Work @Hinckley_Rugby #500meals #halfterm meals – some amazing work going on in the kitchen right now. For more information and where to collect a meal from please see the club website!https://t.co/V0s38i3sXq
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“Without our sponsors, mainly local companies, we would not be in a position to help. Over many years, they have been very supportive of Hinckley RFC so to pass on their support to help the local community is a great privilege. All of our sponsors have contributed, with DPD, our main sponsor, contributing an extra £1,000 and Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council contributing another £2,000. We would like to thank them all for their generous support.”
Hinckley’s great work during the pandemic continues after they raised £24,000 to create a decent road between the entrance and the clubhouse. This will undoubtedly have made the collection of meals for delivery a smooth process!
For more information, visit the club’s website: https://www.hinckleyrugby.co.uk/news/hinckley-rfc-donate-500-meals-a-day-to-children–families-needing-support-2598420.html
Fantastic work from all at Hinckley RFC!