February’s game against Gloucester at cinch stadium at Franklin’s Gardens will see Northampton Saints Foundation celebrate its third Foundation Day, in partnership with Approved Business Finance and MPA.
The charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year will take place on Saturday 25 February, with the Gallagher Premiership clash kicking off at 2.45pm. Matchday will see a host of fundraising activities take place to raise awareness and important funds for the Foundation.
Financially independent from Northampton Saints, the Foundation needs to raise in excess of £400,000 this year through fundraising, grants and corporate partnerships to sustain its life-changing work.
Foundation Day is a vital part of this fundraising effort, with a total of over £60,000 being collected in 2022 thanks to the support of the loyal Saints and Bristol fans, Foundation supporters and the local community.
“Foundation Day is an incredibly important event to help spread awareness of the Foundation’s life-changing work, as well as raising funds so we can continue to make a lasting change to people’s lives,” said Catherine Deans, Managing Director at Northampton Saints Foundation.
“We support some of the country’s most vulnerable people, those who need additional guidance, and children within mainstream schools. We help these young people to enjoy learning, re-engage with education, pass exams, find employment and improve their social and emotional wellbeing.”
Four months into the new academic year, the Foundation has worked with over 2,400 people through heritage events and social inclusion / education programmes. This number will grow considerably throughout the year, as the Foundation uses the power of sport and the values of rugby to inspire, support and educate people, giving every participant in their programmes the chance for a positive future.
With a schedule of activities planned for the day to be released in the upcoming weeks, the matchday crowd can expect a host of fundraising activities, an auction and a raffle with some incredible prizes, as well as chances to meet Northampton Saints’ players in the Supporter Village.
Deans added: “Each year we see a significant rise in people who need our support. With a rise in numbers comes increased costs in venues, staff and the services we are able to provide – which is why days like Foundation Day are so important.
“I’d like to thank Foundation partners Approved Business Finance and MPA, who are supporting the event. We can’t wait to see everyone there on Saturday 25 February!”
Tickets for Northampton Saints vs Gloucester are already on sale, and supporters can already get the fundraising started by selecting the option to donate to the Foundation for all ticket purchases – everyone who donates upon ticket purchase will be entered in a draw to win a signed Saints ball.