Austin Healey helps club raise thousands for charity

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An Annual sporting dinner attended by former a England interrnational has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Austin Healey was the star speaker at the event held by the Rotary Club of the Nene Valley on Friday, March 15.

The event raised £10,000 for the Royal Anglian Regiment Benevolent Fund, which was established to

help the serving and former members of the Royal Anglian Regiment, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and SportsAid.

Rotarian Tony Billson, the club’s representative, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and we are delighted to be able to support these three charities from Northamptonshire as well as other rotary charities.”

Nearly 300 people were entertained by former Leicester Tigers player Healey, who also won 51 caps for England and toured with the Lions in 1997 and 2001. Since retiring from playing rugby, he has become a popular presenter on television and radio and is the lead anchor on ESPN for the Aviva Premiership rugby coverage.

The dinner included a charity tombola, an auction, a performance by the Royal Anglian Drum Corps

and finished with the comedian Jed Stone.