The Bath Rugby Foundation has launched a major campaign to sign up 100 business and individual sponsors to support its life-changing work with young people.
Each year Bath Rugby’s charitable arm helps around 3,000 vulnerable youngsters to succeed through inspiring programmes that focus on health, education and employability.
The charity has just announced its 50th sponsor – the South West legal and financial planning firm Mogers Drewett – but needs to sign up another 50 firms and individual sponsors by June 2024 to continue its vital work.
Local businesses are being asked to pledge a minimum of £600 – or £50 per month – to sponsor a vulnerable student for a year through the foundation’s Alternative Learning Hub.
The hub provides young people, who have been excluded from school, with specialist support to help them cope with mainstream education. As well as providing a safe learning space, the hub also provides valuable work experience opportunities and builds learners’ confidence and life skills.
About 75 per cent of the foundation’s students, who are mainly from disadvantaged families or those with special educational needs or disabilities, go back into full-time education, employment or training.
David Trick, Bath Rugby Foundation’s corporate fundraiser, said: “We can’t do the work we do with our young people without the support of companies like Mogers Drewett and so we are launching a campaign today to get another 50 companies and individuals to support a youngster, and help us continue to make a difference to those in our community.
“Mogers Drewett have been wonderful supporters of Bath Rugby Foundation for a number of years. Apart from much welcome financial assistance, they have provided volunteers for a number of activities and supported most of our events and challenges.
“Most importantly, they took the time to visit us at The Rec where we have offices and classrooms, and gained an overview and understanding of the work we undertake and its importance in achieving positive student outcomes.”
Sean McDonough, managing partner at Mogers Drewett, said: “We are proud to support the life-changing work of the Bath Rugby Foundation by becoming a business sponsor.
“We have previously supported the foundation with numerous fundraising activities and have seen first-hand how they use sport and education to transform young lives.
“The sad reality is that growing numbers of youngsters are in desperate need of their help, so we are urging other businesses to pledge their support and become sponsors.”
To find out more about sponsoring a student through the Bath Rugby Foundation please contact David Trick on 07843 283801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org