• Maidstone and Canterbury-based law firm Brachers has signed up as a corporate sponsor of Canterbury Rugby Club to help safeguard its future against the negative impact of the pandemic.

    Canterbury Rugby Club, who play in National League 2 South, usually has a busy schedule of league and international matches, with adult, youth and wheelchair teams playing at the club. The pandemic and subsequent restrictions have forced the club to cancel matches and fundraising events that they rely on to raise much needed funds. The investment from Brachers will help to subsidise the loss of income that they have experienced since the first lockdown in March 2020.

    Investment from sponsors has also allowed the club to remain open as a community facility whilst matches are unable to take place, with one pitch available to those who wish to use it for private exercise. This has ensured people within the local area have access to a dedicated open space in which they can exercise safely and in line with current restrictions.

    Alexandra Gordon, Partner at Brachers, said: “We know how important a facility such as the rugby club is to a community and the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have reaffirmed just how essential outdoor spaces and exercise are in supporting people’s physical and mental health. We are very happy that our sponsorship will help the club to remain open for the people who need it during this difficult time. Canterbury is host to a number of great community-led initiatives and we look forward to supporting more of them over the coming year.”

    Giles Hilton, Chairman of Canterbury Rugby Club, said: “Canterbury Rugby Club are delighted to welcome Brachers to the family of sponsors and supporters of CRFC. In these difficult times, support is very welcome to ensure the future of a great rugby club.”

    Brachers’ commitment to the community was recognised last year when it was awarded the Community Award at the Kent Law Society Awards 2020. Alongside its sponsorship of local initiatives, it has also raised over £40,000 for local charities over the years and the firm’s charitable arm, Brachers Charitable Trust, has been donating money to various community causes for over 30 years.

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