The Midlands may have taken the trophy but St Oswald’s Hospice was the big winner in the 2018 North East Property Rugby Festival.
The festival was organised by local property consultancies, Knight Frank, GVA, Silverstone Building Consultancy and Lambert Smith Hampton and was held at Northern Rugby Club in Gosforth. The day was a massive sucess and raised over £10,800 for the hospice!
The rugby committee decided they'd like to put some of the money raised towards purchasing new mobile sensory equipment for our Children and Young Adult's Service. The mobile equipment is a relaxing addition and is designed to stimulate reactions and encourage communications of the children and young people who stay with us for short breaks.
The spring sunshine was a perfect treat and persuaded a crowd of several hundred people to turn up and enjoy the day. Attendees were treated to fast-flowing, highly entertaining rugby matches, games and food stalls. It was a hard-fought but good-spirited battle between representatives of four regions, with the North East, Yorkshire, North West and the Midlands all competing for the trophy. The Midlands eventually come out on top, narrowly beating the North East to the top spot.
The Midlands, overall winners of the Four Regions Rugby Cup at the North East Property Rugby Festival 2018
As well as being an engrossing showcase of rugby talent, the festival was the ideal opportunity for property and construction companies to network and meet new contacts.
Douglas Cranston, Partner at Knight Frank said:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors and those who gave so generously to help not only reach but exceed our fundraising target for St Oswald's Hospice.
The standard of rugby and support from regional businesses and the public continues to grow year on year. Even the weather couldn't have been any better!
I would like to thank the teams for putting on such a fantastic show and a special congratulations to The Midlands for winning the Four Regions Cup.
I would also like to thank the committee, staff and members at Northern Football Club for hosting and helping to organise the festival.
The team from Silverstone came out on top in the touch rugby tournament, which may not have been so heavy in hits, but no less competitive than its full contact counterpart.
Phil Bone, part of the winning touch team, said:
We had so much fun! We're just all so happy to be supporting such a fantastic and vital cause. I have a personal connection to the hospice and so am proud to be a part of this event.
There was also a whole-host of other activities including a grand raffle, live music, family-friendly games and food and drink from the likes of Fat Hippo and the Belgian Waffle Tuk.
Tim Aisbitt, Head of Agency at Bradley Hall, said:
It's been a fantastic event with an excellent turn out. So nice to see it grow year on year. We'll definitely be coming back in 2019!
Mel Oates, form Lambert Smith Hampton, said:
Even better than all expectations! So happy to see such an incredible turnout and everyone having such an enjoyable time. The sunshine has been such an added bonus!
Drone footage from the event Courtesy of @VectorPhoto
Elmer the Elephant also took in the rugby and posed for photos with business people and rugby fans alike as he prepares to go out into the North East next year as part of Elmer the Elephants 'Great North Parade'.
Elmer the Elephant takes in the rugby
Siobhan Sargeant, Business Partnerships Manager at St Oswald's said:
It was brilliant day, collaborating with all the companies and seeing the enthusiam everyone shared, it was infectious. It was lovely to speak to people from all over the country and hearing their stories of their experiences with hospice care.
We were absolutely thrilled to be a part of the festival and we can't thank the committee enough for the incredible amount they managed to raise on the day, well done guys!
Businesses interested in supporting 'Elmer's Great North Parade’, which launches in August 2019, can find out more information here.
St Oswald’s Hospice thanks everyone who attended and supported the festival and helped make it such a resounding success.
View a selection of images from the day:
Raffle prizes still awating collection:
Falcons shirt - Orange 441-445 - John
£100 North East Art Collective voucher - Blue 786-790 - Francesca
Salsa classes - Orange 261-265 - Richard
£50 Malhotra food voucher - Orange 406-410 - Dickon
1 night at Northumbria Hotel, Jesmond - Green 61-65 - Dougie
Large monkey - Blue 26-30 - Rob
St. Oswald’s hamper - Green 46-50 - Jack
Champagne and red wine - Green 6-10 - Paul
£50 INTU voucher - Green 56-60 - Ellie
Bottle of vodka - Orange - 246-250
Gin hamper - Blue 46-50 - Ashley
£50 INTU voucher - White 256-260 - Keith
Bottle of whiskey - White 371-375 - Stuart
Coffee and cake for 2 - White 311-315 - Dickon
Botox/filler - Orange 331–335 - Ian
East End Family Swim - Blue 41-45 - Puneet
Family Bounce - White 356-360 - Ricki
Eldon bowling - Orange 286-290
West Denton Family Swim - Blue 56-60 - J. Platt
Gosforth Pool Party - Blue 801-805 - Rob
Dinner at Hawthorns - Blue 716-720 - Gordon