When The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex played in the 2019 King Power Royal Charity Polo Day, it was to raise awareness and funds for charities they support including the RFU’s Injured Players Foundation.
The event at Billingbear Polo Club, in Berkshire, brought together distinguished guests from around the world.
The Duke of Cambridge’s King Power Air Asia team beat The Duke of Sussex’s Tarmac team seven goals to six to lift the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Trophy.
The event raised over £1 million pounds for the 15 benefitting charities, which included the IPF alongside: African Parks, The English Schools Swimming Association, Fields in Trust, Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, The Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, The Invictus Games Foundation, Irish Guards Appeal, Map Action, Mountain Rescue England and Wales, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Rhino Conservation Botswana, The Royal Marsden, RFU Injured Players Foundation, The Passage and the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust.
Paul Murphy, IPF Chairman of Trustees, said: “We are tremendously grateful that our Patron, The Duke of Sussex, continues to give such significant support to our charity. He has always taken a very keen and personal interest in the work of the IPF and being among the beneficiaries in this marvellous event will bring funds to make a real difference to the lives of catastrophically injured rugby players and families.”
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, CEO King Power commented: “King Power are delighted to be involved in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day again this year. We are committed to supporting these very deserving beneficiaries championed at this event and feel very grateful that this wonderful game of polo provides us with this very privileged opportunity to make a difference.”
If you would like to help the IPF’s work in supporting catastrophically injured players throughout their lives, either by getting involved in a fundraising event or donating, you can find more information at https://www.rfuipf.org.uk/