Players, friends and supporters came together for a celebration of Launceston Rugby Club’s ladies’ day on Saturday, 12th March.
Organised by player Abigail Matthews, the event's activities this year were held in memory of player, friend and local lady Chloe Dawe, who sadly passed away at the end of 2021, with proceeds supporting Young Lives vs Cancer.
As always, the community pulled together, with businesses and local people donating what they could for the event. The room dressing was carefully put together by The Embellishment Company, while the balloon archway and column was provided by Once in a Blue Balloon and floral decorations for the table were lovingly made and set out by Kings Hill Florists.
The ladies were greeted at the Lanson Suite with a glass of Prosecco and then were seated at their tables, with fizz, wine and non-alcoholic drinks donated by the Wilsey Down pub, View Property and Sharon Hawken. Chocolates and wildflower seeds supplied by Tesco and Triple D Construction were waiting for each guest as table favours.
After tucking into their two-course lunch and enjoying the raffle, table auction and games, the ladies made their way out to the balcony - despite the torrential rain - to watch the Cornish All Blacks defeat Bournemouth 8-6.
With the success of the game putting everyone onto a winning streak, the ladies headed into the clubhouse for the charity auction, officiated by auctioneer David Robinson. With plenty of amazing prizes to be won, thanks to the generosity of local businesses and people, the guests were keen to celebrate afterwards with singing and dancing as the band Thrown Together took to the stage.
Over £2,500 was raised at the event, with all the funds going to Young Lives vs Cancer. Thanks have been extended to organiser Abigail, bar manager Leigh and all the staff at Launceston Rugby Club who worked so hard to ensure the event ran smoothly, as well as the businesses and local people who donated or supported the event in some capacity.
Abigail said: "I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported the event, whether it was being a guest, buying tickets, being a sponsor or donating a prize.
"I am so proud to have raised such a large amount for Young Lives vs Cancer in memory of Chloe."
For those who could not make the event and would like to make a charitable contribution, head over to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lrcladiesday2022