*UPDATE 26 April* – all tickets now sold, none available on the door
Old Reigatian Rugby Football Club is hosting a “Beer and Bubbles Festival” on Saturday 27 April, to help tackle Motor Neurone Disease.
The full-day event at the club’s base in Park Lane will start at midday, and end around 11pm, showcasing around 20 beers along with a prosecco bar.
A programme of live music and children’s activities are planned until 6pm.
Tickets can be bought via the event’s website, with an “early bird” rate of £8 on offer until 17 February.
The day will raise funds for the East Surrey branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and All about Alie, which was set up by Alie Tilley to fund research, before she died from MND in 2016.
MND is a progressive neurological condition, which takes away an individual’s ability to use his/her limbs, to speak, to swallow and, ultimately, to breathe.
Old Reigatian has already raised over £20,000 for MND charities since adopting the MND Association as its partner charity in September 2017.
Club chairman David Forsyth said:
“Inspired by friends of the club who suffer from the disease, and others whose relatives have been or are engaged in courageous ongoing battles, the club has united behind a fundraising effort of a size we have never seen before.
We have also helped promote awareness of this disease and its many calamitous consequences among our members and the wider community.”
Fundraising activity has included post match raffles, auctions, lunches, dinners, a quiz night and a golf day. Much of the activity has had a rugby theme, and the club has also produced a new second kit incorporating the MND Association logo.
Old Reigatian David Setters, from South Nutfield, lives with MND and has been helping with the club’s fundraising efforts:
“I’m relatively fortunate to have a slowly progressive version of the disease.
MND frequently hits people far younger than myself and many often have young families. And, with a third of those diagnosed passing away within a year from diagnosis, it is often far more aggressive.
Beer and Bubbles is a fantastic finale to the amazing efforts that the club has put in over the past two years and we look forward to welcoming supporters from across the region.”
As well as tickets, the event website also has details of sponsorship opportunities for local businesses.