Sports Connections Foundation deliver Rugby Challenge Cup final sporting wish

Sports Connections Foundation donated family ticket to Wembley for 8-year-old with an undiagnosed syndrome thanks to new corporate partner energetics-energy Ltd.

Sports Connections Foundation were delighted to deliver their first sporting wish since 2019 after an incredibly challenging couple of years for children facing life-limiting illnesses due to the pandemic. The charity was able to grant a wish to an 8-year-old boy with an undiagnosed syndrome after being donated a ticket to Wembley by new corporate partner energetics-energy Ltd.

Sports Connections Foundation provided the child with the experience of visiting Wembley in July to see the 120th Rugby Challenge Cup final which was contested between St Helens and Castleford Tigers. The child was referred to the charity by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), and having developed a passion for watching rugby, this experience was the perfect opportunity to bring some joy and happiness to him and his family. Due to his condition, he finds it difficult to stay awake, however his foster carers told Sports Connections Foundation that he was fully engaged throughout the match and loved every minute of the experience. The game itself saw St Helens lift the Challenge Cup for the first time since 2008 with a 26-12 victory after a second-half fightback against Castleford Tigers. The charity hopes that this will be the first of many sporting wishes that they and the hospice deliver together.

Rachel Wright from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) said “Sports Connections Foundation offer some wonderful opportunities for families to make precious memories. We very much look forward to working with them more in the future.”

Karen Olden from Sports Connections Foundation said “This is the first Sporting Wish that we have granted since the beginning of 2019. With over 50,000 children living with life-limiting illnesses in the UK alone we are very aware that the pandemic and lockdown has meant that those families that were already having to isolate due to their child’s life-limiting conditions have had very little interaction with others over the past 18 months and little to relieve the respite of care. We are passionate about ensuring that our programme starts to grant wishes to families and creating lasting memories for families once again.”

This sporting wish will hopefully be the first of many before 2021 comes to a close with various restrictions being lifted across the UK. The programme brings a lot of reward and satisfaction for the charity and its ambassadors and volunteers, as it is wonderful to see children who have gone through so much, smile and enjoy new experiences with family and friends.

Kirstie Wallace from energetics-energy Ltd said “As a company we have created some excellent partnerships in the rugby league world over the last few months and we were recently given the opportunity to secure tickets for the prestigious Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium. As this is a huge fixture in the Super league calendar, we thought it would make an amazing Sporting Wish for a child and their family to make lasting memories.

The work that is carried out by our charity partners, Sports Connections Foundation is extremely humbling and as a business, it is nice to be able to give something back. Everyone at energetics-energy Ltd hopes that the family enjoyed their VIP trip to Wembley and had an amazing experience.”

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