The Lord’s Taverners “It’s A Knockout” event raises over £75,000 for local Leicestershire charities
On the evening of Thursday 4 June 2015, teams from across Leicester Business community experienced competition on the Leicester Tigers Welford Road pitch in The Lord’s Taverners inaugural Gauntlet event click over here.
Huge inflatables, hard hats, costumes and foam all made the “It’s A Knockout” event a roaring success.
The Leicester Tigers ground hosted The Gauntlet which brought together 360 competitors in 35 corporate teams for the weird and wacky races. Funds were raised by the teams through donations and sponsorship in addition to money from ticket sales and a raffle.
Corporate sponsorship contributed further to the total raised, with some firms acting as main sponsors whilst other local businesses got involved by sponsoring individual races at the event.
The winning team was made up of staff from Next who were awarded the first Richard III Gauntlet trophy and medals by the High Sheriffs of Leicestershire and Rutland. Former England rugby star George Chuter – who compared the night with ex-Leicestershire cricketer Paul Nixon and former Leicester City skipper – Matt Elliott – won the Captain’s Challenge and his reward was a drenching in champagne by his fellow commentators.
The Gauntlet website – www.thegauntletleicester.com – has a fun promotional video made by many of the contestants prior to the event featuring a marioke of the Showaddywaddy song “Under the Moon of Love” and there are also more event photographs from the night itself.
Ian Guyler, Chairman of the East Midlands branch of The Lord’s Taverners, who organised the event with fellow committee members Claire Herbert and Kate Rengger, said “As a result of the profit of the event on the night, we will be able to donate a great sum to the Charity.”
He said “The weather was absolutely stunning and the whole event was quite spectacular. It went really, really well – everyone was so enthusiastic and got stuck in with great vigour and, afterwards, they were all buzzing about what a great experience it was. Now it is a case of thanking the Tigers staff and the club, my fellow organisers, sponsors and all the participants. It has proved to be one of the most successful corporate charity fund raising events in recent years.”