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“Try-umphant” Kings Norton Rugby Club Scores £4,000 Donation From Care Provider

Not-for-profit care provider, Sanctuary Care, has raised £4,000 for Kings Norton Rugby Club in Birmingham.

The donation will provide new training equipment and first aid training for coaches. It will also support the club’s junior division, providing valuable financial support to enable young players from all backgrounds to join their team on tour.

To raise funds for the local rugby club, the 18-strong team from the not-for-profit care provider embarked on a 14km trek in the Lake District.

The team walked along the shores of Ullswater Lake and smashed their original fundraising target of £3,000.

The challenge was inspired by care home resident Ron Bunce, who lives at Sanctuary Care’s Castlecroft Residential Care Home. The Weoley Castle care home provides respite, dementia, and residential care for 64 residents from the local community.

Aged 74, Ron is the President of Kings Norton Rugby Club. He still plays an active role in coaching the club’s youth team, the Rhinos.

Ron Bunce said:

“We are so grateful for the generosity of everyone who donated to this challenge. The money raised by Sanctuary Care will go a long way to providing much-needed training, facilities and opportunities for our young players.

“Our club is run by volunteers and relies on funding and donations. This contribution will be a big help, without a shadow of a doubt.”

Ron was presented with a cheque for £4,000 by Sanctuary Care’s Director of Operations, Sheila O’Connor, who led the fundraising challenge.

Sheila O’Connor commented:

“Ron’s love of rugby and commitment to Kings Norton RFC inspired our team to take on this challenge. The hike was tough at times, but we are so pleased to be able to help the club, which is such a big part of the local community.

“We are passionate about enriching the communities in which we operate as well our residents’ lives. Encouraging residents, like Ron, to continue doing the things that bring them joy and a sense of purpose is one example of how we do this.

“With the help of our team, Ron still coaches rugby. We’ve even built a gym at the home so he can continue his passion for keeping fit!”

Sanctuary Care has been delivering trusted care to older people for over 25 years. For more information, visit

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