The Collas Crill Rugby Festival in September will benefit two Guernsey charities: Wooden Spoon and Mind Guernsey.
The law firm has announced that the two local charities will receive money raised at both the Richard Ogier Memorial Dinner on Friday 5 September and the Wasps Legends v Guernsey Siam Invitational match on Saturday 6 September.
The Wooden Spoon Society is a rugby charity for children. It aims to fund projects to help under-privileged children through social and sporting events.
Guernsey branch chair Julie Chammings said: “Wooden Spoon is delighted to have teamed up with Collas Crill to bring the Wasps Legends to the Island in September. The Wasps Legends were created in 2005 to bring past players back to the club and its playing side was created in September 2006 when they were invited to play against a Wooden Spoon XV in Guernsey. We are very much looking forward to having them back in the Island.”
Mind Guernsey’s Operations and Development Manager Emily Litten said the event fitted well with the charity’s aim of promoting positive mental health and raising awareness of mental wellbeing.
She said: “Taking part in sport can have a massive impact on our ability to manage the symptoms of poor mental health and support recovery. Exercise releases natural chemicals like adrenaline and serotonin which makes us feel happier. It also helps to release muscle tension and causes tiredness, which in turn, helps us to relax and sleep better. Team sport is of particular benefit for mental wellbeing as it creates a connection with other people, give us a sense of personal achievement and reduces our focus on negative thoughts, if only for a short while.”
The weekend starts with the Richard Ogier Memorial dinner at the Duke of Richmond Hotel on Friday 5 September, which will see Wasps Legends host each table. The evening will be a tribute to the late Collas Crill partner Richard Ogier and a celebration of the camaraderie and friendships formed in the team sports that Richard loved so much.
On Saturday 6 September KGV will become rugby central in a fun packed family day. From 11 am coaches from the Wasps Legends including Roger Uttley, Simon Shaw and Andy Reed will work with any under 15s in Guernsey who want to be put through their paces.
The Guernsey Colts’ first game of the season kicks off at 1pm against visiting team the Crowborough Colts. And at 3pm the main game kicks off: Wasps Legends vs a Guernsey Siam Invitational team.
All events on the Saturday are free, with donations to Wooden Spoon and Guernsey Mind, and there will be additional entertainment for children to make it a family day out.