Rugby star Jonny Wilkinson helps raise £80,000 at London gala event

NSPCC Ambassador Jonny Wilkinson, Stuart Lancaster and Will Greenwood take the stage at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel for rugby Q&A and auction

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster joined 2003 World Cup winners Jonny Wilkinson and Will Greenwood at an exclusive gala event. The trio helped raise over £80,000 for our work protecting children across the UK.

The event, sponsored by Westcoast, included a Q&A hosted by Sky Sports' Alex Payne. It was a chance for guests to grill Stuart, Jonny and Will on England's chances at this autumn's World Cup. And to mark St George's Day, the evening featured a performance by official England anthem singer, Laura Wright.

 

The event took place at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Guests had the chance to bid on auction lots, including a Balthazar of Bollinger champagne signed by Stuart Lancaster, Jonny Wilkinson and Will Greenwood - which went for £2,200.

Speaking about the event, NSPCC Ambassador Jonny Wilkinson said:
"It's hard to believe it's almost 12 years since the England Team World Cup win in Sydney. It was great to reminisce with Will and look ahead to the World Cup, and even better that it was all in aid of the NSPCC – a charity I've supported for many years, which does great work to help keep children safe in sport."

Stuart Lancaster, a former PE teacher himself, added:
"As someone who has worked with children in sport, I believe that the NSPCC's fight for every childhood is one we should all get behind and it was great to be part of this fantastic event."