Dozens of prizes, including a holiday, are up for grabs at a charity rugby event organised by the Bluestone Foundation.

A match between Pembroke RFC and staff at Bluestone National Park Resort will be followed by a pig roast and children’s entertainment, at Pembroke RFC.

The aim of the event on Saturday, February 24, is to raise money for the Bluestone Foundation, a fund set up by Bluestone to support local community groups and charities.

A group from Bluestone’s 700 staff organised the rugby day and hope the event will raise hundreds of pounds for the Foundation, which  donated more than £114,000 to benefit local groups in 2017.

“What started out as 15-18 of us wanting to play more rugby has spiralled into what Bluestone Rugby is today,” explained Daniel Gosnold, one of the founders of the Bluestone Rugby, and part of the Technical Services team at the Blue Lagoon.

 “We have 28 to 30 boys who have been to training. The idea is that we give players of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play rugby, meet new people and have some fun whilst raising some money for a fantastic charity that supports local causes.”

Kick-off is at 11.15am and there will be a £5 entry fee for adults on the gate which includes entry into the raffle. Prizes include a Bluestone spa break, Blue Lagoon family tickets, a family pass to the Ospreys including hospitality, as well as family tickets for the Dragons, Blues and Scarlets.

After the game, attendees will be able to watch both of the Six Nations clashes as Wales play Ireland away at 2.15pm, before Scotland play England for the Calcutta Cup at 4.45pm.

“All money raised on the day will go to the Bluestone Foundation which was established to help people to help themselves through environmental, economic and social projects in Pembrokeshire,” said Bluestone Foundation Secretary, Frank Atkins. 

“In the last year over £40,000 has been distributed to causes around the county with a further £104,414 given in contributions for raffles and events. The Tanyard Youth Project in Pembroke is just one of the local groups who have received funding from the Bluestone Foundation.”

Sue Lines of The Tanyard Youth Project said “The grant we received from the Bluestone Foundation has enabled us to run weekly sessions for children who suffer with anxiety or social communication difficulties in junior school.  We’ve seen some real transformations already; more confidence, improved teamwork and new friendships, and we are sure that this will help with transition into Year 7.”  

“We are really looking forward to the game on the 24th of February, it’ll be a great family day out and we hope to raise lots of money for the Bluestone Foundation,” added Frank.