April 2020 – The RFU feature the Mental Wellbeing initiative in their Community Game email that goes to every club in the country. Click here to find out more.
April 2020 – Paula Carter from the RFU sent the Club a message in response to the Mental Wellbeing launch.
April 2020 – In response to the Mental Wellbeing launch Care first our Mental Wellbeing Partners commented.
April 2020 – Mind, the UK’s leading Mental Health Charity, sent us a message in response to our Mental Wellbeing launch, see below. For more information on Mind visit www.mind.org
April 2020 – Owen Slot’s article from The Times on the newly launched Mental Wellbeing Programme. Owen wrote “Richmond has led the way in community rugby in providing support for its players. The coronavirus crisis was the catalyst for the same support to be extended to its members.”
February 2020 – Come Dine with the Heavies event occurs across the globe with dinner parties happening from Sydney to London to Chicago.
November 2019 – Youth Cardiac Heart Screening Day for 100 youth players (age 14 and over) held at the Club and partnership with CRY.
September 2019 – Our Second Fundraising Lunch held for 500 people at the Grand Connaught Rooms. Click here for more information.
August 2019 – Cardiac Heart Screening made available for all over 35’s and coaches at The New Victoria Hospital.
August 2019 – James Samuel completes the RideLondon2019 event and raises over £1000 for the Foundation. Click here to read more.
July & August 2019 – Cardiac Heart Screening Day for 150 Senior male & female players (age 18-35) held at the Club in partnership with Cardio Direct.
July 2019 – Mental Wellbeing Support Launched to all Players and Coaches (over 18) in partnership with Thrive and Care first.
March 2019 – Foundation Awareness Day held at the Club.
September 2018 – Fundraising Lunch held for 500 people at the Grand Connaught Rooms. Click here for more information.
2018 – Richmond Heavies Foundation formed following the unconnected premature deaths of three amazing guys closely connected to the Heavies.
“The foundation is committed to a long term programme of screening for all players and members of Richmond over the age of 14”
“This opportunity is one of a kind really, the fact that players don’t have to pay for it is invaluable”
Richmond Women’s Chair
“Richmond are going to lead the way on this, hopefully other clubs will follow”
“As rugby players we are meant to be big strong and nothing really hurts us, but mental health effects everyone”
Kirsty Lee Griffith
Richmond Women’s Player
“There are many reasons to support the foundation, not only are you helping to save lives but you're making it a safer and better place to play”
“without screening you just never know, its very important, its brilliant work what the Richmond Heavies are doing, I’m glad to be part of it”
“it’s a magnificent club and the foundation is a wonderful testament to the way Richmond behaves, it’s fantastic and I’m very proud”
Richmond Heavies Player
“makes me feel valued, makes me feel that I’m loved and welcomed at the club”
Richmond Men’s Player
“it is a blueprint, not just for clubs but communities”
England Rugby Player
“mental health is an area which is so missed and not appreciated how much it is needed in this environment, its amazing what they are doing here”
England Rugby Player
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