Kettering rugby club’s military charity day raises thousands

Kettering RFC's 1st XV with Second World War veteran Reg Payne, 92
Kettering RFC's 1st XV with Second World War veteran Reg Payne, 92
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Thousands of pounds have been raised through a Help for Heroes charity day organised at Kettering RFC last weekend.

The event, which coincided with the first team’s opening home game of the season against Market Rasen & Louth, also featured a Spitfire and Hurricane flypast, a session of O2 touch rugby and a veterans’ match at the Waverley Road club.

Chairman Lennie Newman said: “It was a tremendous event. We are supporting Help for Heroes for the whole season and we thought it was fitting to have a complete day for it.”

He said all gate receipts, the proceeds from a raffle and a donation from the club will go to the charity.

And although a final total has not yet been announced, Mr Newman said it was likely to number in the thousands.

He added: “The place rocked from 10am until midnight. It was a worthy cause, and I imagine we had in excess of 2,500 people coming through.”

He also paid tribute to the event organiser Lee Daniel.