Tŷ Hafan charity fundraiser

Welsh rugby in Tŷ Hafan charity fundraiser

Employees at the governing body of Welsh national rugby, the WRU, took part in Tŷ Hafan’s ‘Charity Shop Challenge’ to raise money on Thursday [10 August] for the charity.

More than 35 employees volunteered for the day of fundraising that saw four teams takeover Tŷ Hafan’s charity shops based in Barry, Bridgend, Caerphilly and Cardiff, in an apprentice-style competition to see who could raise the most money.

Tŷ Hafan is one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities, helping children and families throughout Wales. In addition to WRU staff, international rugby referee Nigel Owens and former Wales and British Irish Lion Ryan Jones also took part.

Rhodri Lewis, Head of Legal Affairs for the WRU, said: “When we asked employees what they would like to do for a team building activity this summer, they voted overwhelmingly in favour of fundraising for a Welsh charity.

“With the huge buzz already for Thursday’s challenge, I’m pretty sure corporate ‘team building’ doesn’t get any better than this! I would like to thank all those who are participating and wish the teams huge success in their fundraising activities; hopefully we can raise significant new funds for Ty Hafan.”

The day’s activities are expected to beat the £7,500 total raised in 2013 when a similar takeover was staged.