The great and good of Rugby League put club loyalties aside for a day as they visited the local Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick ahead of this weekend’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup fourth round.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ Richard Mathers joined rival players and coaches to tour the Recovery Centre which provides support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries or become sick whilst serving our country. They also saw the new buildings (which will fully open in September) which their fundraising is supporting. Help for Heroes (H4H) is Tetley’s official charity partner as part of their title sponsorship of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup and as Official Beer of the Super League.
Mathers, whose Wakefield side play Hemel Stags in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup fourth round this weekend, said: “It was a really inspiring visit – I think coming and seeing a facility yourself really brings home the work the charity does and how much good it does for those with injuries.
“We’re excited about the Tetley’s Challenge Cup as it’s a competition steeped in history, any player who tells you he doesn’t care about it is lying because it’s a trophy everyone wants a chance to lift.”
Throughout this season’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup, Tetley’s will work with both the clubs and Help for Heroes to raise funds. As part of this fundraising effort, every round will have a designated Help for Heroes match, with bucket collections, merchandise sales and Man of the Match awards presentations by Help for Heroes.
This weekend’s all-Super League clash between Hull Kingston Rovers and St. Helens is the first of these designated matches.
Carlsberg UK Communications Director Bruce Ray said: “Help for Heroes is one of the UK’s most inspiring fundraising causes. The work they do is close to the hearts of many Tetley’s customers, and we are delighted to enable them to show their support for the Charity when they shop for beer. To come here and see this facility first-hand was a brilliant experience and very inspiring and makes you realise the amazing work done by H4H.”
Mo Usman, Phoenix House Recovery Centre Manager said: “We’re delighted Tetley’s has chosen H4H as its charity partner for a second year and we’re really thrilled to see the work they are doing with the Rugby League to raise much-needed funds for our wounded.
“The support we offer serving personnel, veterans and their families is vital for their recovery and well-being. It’s thanks to organisations like Tetley’s and the fantastic generosity of the public that we’re able to make sure they get the support they deserve.
RFL Chief Operating Office Ralph Rimmer said: “Rugby League is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Tetley’s to raise awareness of the magnificent work that Help For Heroes undertakes.
“As the sport’s oldest and most prestigious competition, I’m sure the Tetley’s Challenge Cup will play a successful part in delivering Help for Heroes messages to our fans.”
Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick is one of four Recovery Centres built and managed by H4H – the others are in Tedworth, Colchester and Plymouth. The Centres provide accommodation, training and recovery facilities as well as delivering life-skills courses and activities to get the wounded, sick and injured, serving and veterans, back out doing what they enjoy the most.
For further information on this season’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup, please go to https://www.facebook.com/TetleysChallengeCup or follow @TetleysChCup.
For more information about Help for Heroes, please visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk
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