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Peter Andre joins Ruggerbugs to celebrate fundraising success

26th November 2018: Singer, presenter and TV personality, Peter Andre has exclusively attended a Ruggerbugs class in Harlow, Essex this week in recognition of the incredible fundraising efforts by the children’s activity provider earlier this year.

Ruggerbugs, a fun and energetic children’s sports development programme based around non-contact rugby, took part in Children’s Activities Week, during May 2018, along with over 10,000 other activity providers, to creatively fundraise monies for national charity Caudwell Children, for whom Peter Andre is an ambassador, and the Children’s Activities Association. 

The TV star devoted his time to positively engage with the children in a fun-packed Ruggerbugs session attended by local families and their children. During the high-energy activity, Peter kicked off his shoes and fully committed to the role of rugby enthusiast and child entertainer.

Peter was eager to get stuck in with the activity and after the session commented; “ I had been aware of these kinds of events and classes taking place around the country, but I’m thrilled to have been able to get hands-on in a Ruggerbugs class and meet one of the teams behind the incredible fundraising that took place during Children’s Activities Week.  Being from Australia I should know all about rugby and so it has been great fun getting involved with the kids and seeing just how happy and active everyone is! It’s wonderful to see the children making new friends and burning off energy – something parents will love too as the kids are sure to fall asleep after all the fun!

Andrew Peasey, Founder and Managing Director of Ruggerbugs, is delighted with the recognition from Caudwell Children and comments; ‘It’s incredibly humbling to have been part of Children’s Activities week 2018 and ultimately winning the Shooting Star Award for our efforts. As a business based on providing sports activity for young children we simply had to get involved, give back and raise funds for those less fortunate than ourselves.  To have one of the charity’s ambassadors, Peter Andre, attend our class this week was huge fun and a real treat after everyone’s hard work.”

Ben Sutcliffe, Director of Executive Projects, Caudwell Children added; “This year Ruggerbugs simply went above and beyond in their fundraising efforts for us during Children’s Activities week.  Through their creativity and sponsored challenges, they raised an impressive £2,700 to directly help disabled children and families.  It was a pleasure to get involved with the Ruggerbugs team and we look forward to smashing more fundraising targets during Children’s Activities Week next year.” 

As well as Peter Andre, the Ruggerbugs class was also attended by local resident and Championship World Record-holding Paralympian Richard Chiassaro, who wowed the children with his wheelchair racing skills and tricks as they attempted to race him through the various obstacles and over the touch line.

About Ruggerbugs

Ruggerbugs is a multi-award winning, leading sports programme aimed at teaching boys and girls aged 18 months to 6 years the core skills of rugby in a fun way. With family values at the core of everything they do. The activity which runs across weekends is designed to promote and instill a fun and positive attitude to sport and fitness, encouraging children to get involved with exercise from a young age. Ruggerbugs delivers an informal yet professional programme through the use of a rugby ball with the ethos of the company and its classes to evoke a feeling of teamwork, camaraderie and respect – delivering invaluable life skills for impressionable minds. The Ruggerbug team passionately encourage the parents or guardians of the children to take part in the educational yet fun sessions.

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About Caudwell Children 

Caudwell Children is a national children’s charity providing practical and emotional support for disabled children and their families. 

To date Caudwell Children has provided services worth over £40million to over 35,000 children with over 650 different medical conditions.

The charity was founded by philanthropist, John Caudwell, whose vision was to create a sustainable children’s charity that offered supporters’ transparency and peace of mind that 100% of their donation was being used to directly change children’s lives.

By donating the cost of the charity’s annual management and administration overheads, John has guaranteed an efficient way for individuals and businesses to change the lives of thousands of sick and disabled children living in the UK.

The charity’s ambassadors include Peter Andre, Joan Collins, Elizabeth Hurley, Sir Rod and Lady Penny Stewart, Rachel Stevens, Lady Wilnelia Forsyth and singer, Robbie Williams

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About Children’s Activities Week  

Children’s Activities Week with headline sponsor Morton Michel is an exciting national event celebrating the hundreds of thousands of activities, clubs and classes benefiting millions of children every day across the UK - helping them stay fit, healthy, engaged and happy.  Kids and parents are encouraged to join in the fun from 13th to 17th May 2019 at their local activities and raise vital funds for Caudwell Children and the Children’s Activities Association. 

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About the Children’s Activities Association is the first not-for-profit, industry-led independent organisation to raise standards in all organised children's activities across the UK. Through the CAA’s thorough checks, parents, schools and nurseries now have a swift way to get peace of mind when choosing activities for children. Their aim is also to give more children greater access to a wider range of excellent activities. 

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