SPORTSWEAR business Crouch and Hold, based in Barton Street, Gloucester is raising funds for Rugby for Heroes by holding a Corporate Rugby Touch Tournament.

The event, which is taking place on July 31, from 11am to 7pm at the Gordon League RFC in Hempsted, will see famous faces from Gloucester Rugby Club play an exhibition match in the CrouchandHold All Stars Team against The Southern Hemisphere Team.

Rugby for Heroes is a body of professional rugby players who raise money to support wounded members of the Armed Forces. The idea was born from wanting to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Gloucester players making an appearance include Marcel GarveyRyan Lamb Terry Fanalua, Rob EllowayHenry Paul, Haden Thomas, Nick Runciman and Gareth Delve.

Twenty other corporate teams made up from businesses both large and small from around the county will be taking part in the tournament, hoping to raise vital funds for Rugby for Heroes. There is also a £1,000 cash prize at stake for the winning team.

The tournament is not just for the county’s rugby fans. With free admission there will be a funfair and karate demonstrations, along with plenty of stalls for a family day out.

There will also be live music playing throughout the day from Jennie Bellestar, formerly the lead singer in the 80s girl band The Bellestars, and will be singing Bellestar hits such as Sign of the Times and The Clapping Song .

Owner of Crouch and Hold, Alan Lamb said: “Rugby for Heroes is a charity that is close to my heart, so we wanted to arrange an event that would raise money to help with the brilliant work that they do. The idea of holding a rugby tournament seemed to be the ideal fundraiser as it offers the locals a fun day out for all ages whilst local businesses get the chance to raise money for a good cause and get their name seen.”

Find more details on the website www.rugbyforheroes.org.uk

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