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Worcester Warriors Receive ‘Invaluable’ Support To Encourage Fans With Illnesses To Attend Games

Irwin Mitchell Provides Funding Boost For Community Foundation’s Safe Place

18.10.2018

Andrew Hewitt, Press Officer | 0114 274 4255

Worcester Warriors have received a funding boost as part of its drive to encourage people with illnesses such as dementia to attend home games.

The Birmingham office of national law firm Irwin Mitchell has handed over a £2,000 cheque to the club’s Community Foundation to support the funding and running of its Safe Place. 

The first Premiership rugby club to offer such a facility, Warriors have, for the last two seasons offered a protected view location in the West Stand to cater for supporters who suffer from dementia, anxiety and other disorders that cause distress in noisy and crowded places.

Simon Northcott, BME and disability lead for the Community Foundation, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support from Irwin Mitchell; they clearly understand and appreciate the challenges faced by those with physical and mental disabilities both in terms of playing and accessing sport.

“The support has been invaluable as we continue to expand and develop our projects at the community foundation.”

The funding comes after Irwin Mitchell awarded the Community Foundation a £500 grant earlier this year as part of its Don’t Quit Do It campaign. Backed by multiple gold medal-winning Paralympian, Hannah Cockroft MBE, the campaign aims to increase participation levels in disability sport.

The money helped support the Foundation’s Hugby initiative - a version of rugby designed for those with visual impairments.

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“We believe in building strong links within our communities, and are proud to support the great work that Worcester Warriors Community Foundation is undertaking.

“The Safe Place is another amazing initiative from the team at the Warriors, all of which is designed to build a legacy for sport, education and social cohesion.”
Toni Knott, Solicitor

The Don’t Quit, Do It grant programme from Irwin Mitchell offers individuals, disability sport charities and groups an opportunity to apply for help with the cost of training, equipment or participation in major events. Since its launch it has provided more than £50,000 to a range of different projects in the UK.

Irwin Mitchell is a proud supporter of disability sport and has partnerships with the England Amputee Football Association, Boccia England and a host of other related organisations. Furthermore, last year the firm was the Official Legal Services Provider of the World Para Athletics Championships in London and a supporter of the Superhero Series held at Dorney Lake in Windsor.

For more information about our Safe Place initiative, please contact the Ticket Office on 01905 459309 or email tickets@warriors.co.uk

Find out more about Irwin Mitchell's Don't Quit Do It campaign.