Being taken over by Pink Ladies and T-Birds isn’t an everyday occurrence for GRFC, but that’s exactly what happened at the start of August. Over 300 people arrived for a night full of fun at an open-air screening of Grease, hosted by The Meath Epilepsy Charity .
Despite a few showers earlier in the day, the weather cleared up and the 1st team pitch was buzzing with excitement as the sun set over a carnival-like atmosphere in front of the big screen. With a sizzling BBQ, ice-creams a-plenty, and a host of fun games on offer, the exciting buzz was a hit with not only the general public, but also the Meath residents who attended. For many of the residents, it was the first time they’d attended a cinema event. Getting dressed up for the occasion, dancing during the interval and enjoying the safe family environment made the world of difference to the residents, their families and carers. It was “worth every effort seeing how happy they were” said Gemma West, leading the fundraising event.
Having provided the venue and car-parking for free, GRFC relished the chance to work with The Meath, keen to support the work they do to support and care for their residents and patients. And what a great attendance there was! With the Eagle Radio covering the event and The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Dan Adams, together with the Mayoress, Sarah Adams present, the cinema evening achieved fantastic coverage, giving both The Meath and GRFC a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work they do.
Hosting at GRFC with its range of accessible facilities was welcomed by The Meath, not only for the large amount of space and ease of access with plenty of parking, but because it was less invasive than holding the event at The Meath itself. This provided residents with the choice to attend the event if they wished and allowed those who don’t enjoy highly social activities to stay behind. Seeing the event as an opportunity to raise awareness of the condition of epilepsy and about the work The Meath does, the fundraising team were delighted with the turnout of the event, giving them the chance to reach over 300 people who may not have heard or fully understood what The Meath does.
Bringing together people from across the community, much like the game of Rugby itself, GRFC were thrilled at the success of the event. They’ve already planned a repeat for next summer – Dirty Dancing – get your watermelons and dancing shoes at the ready Baby!
Supported by The Meath Epilepsy Charity and Guildford Rugby Club
The Meath Epilepsy Charity focuses on ability, not disability and is, in the words of one family member “a most exceptional place and should be used as a blueprint for all care homes”. You can support their work by donating here or collaborating with them.
Guildford Rugby Club lies between Guildford and Godalming with beautiful grounds, ample parking and excellent club-house facilities. Their work in youth and children’s rugby focuses on building social and physical confidence and is open to all players, regardless of ability. You can support their work by donating, collaborating with them or using their facilities for your next function.