The Ospreys have confirmed Tenovus Cancer Care and Ospreys in the Community (OitC) as official charity partners.
The two-year partnership with Tenovus Cancer Care waslaunched this week when the charity’s Mobile Support Unit visited the Liberty Stadium.
Tenovus was started in 1943 by a group of 10 businessmen who funded a range of projects in Wales, before focusing their efforts on cancer research, care and support after building the Tenovus Institute for Cancer Research in Cardiff in the 1960’s.
Since then Tenovus Care Care have gone on to develop drugs to help treat various forms of cancer, launched cancer support services to help cancer patients and their families, including free support lines and their Mobile Support Units.
The partnership will see the Ospreys help to raise both awareness and invaluable additional funding for the charity through various events, and by working with commercial partners find other ways to support the work that Tenovus Cancer Care already undertake.
Huw Warren, Head of Commercial, Ospreys Rugby, commented on joining forces with Tenovus Cancer Care:
“We’re delighted to have Tenovus Cancer Care as one of our official charities for the upcoming season. We are the first sports team to be an official partner to them, something that I know both the charity and ourselves are very excited about.
“They’re a Welsh charity, that already have strong links around the region, which was a key factor in our decision to chose them as our official Charity Partner, and we look forward to working with them to help support the amazing work and seeing how they can work hand in hand with our other official charity, Ospreys in the Community.
“As well as fundraising by doing things such as bucket collections at games, we’ll be looking to link with our commercial partners to further promote and support Tenovus Cancer Care and OitC.”
Claudia McVie, Tenovus Cancer Care Chief Executive, said:
“We’re over the moon that the Ospreys have chosen us as their official charity partner. With their support, we’ll be able to let more people know about the support we can offer cancer patients and their loved ones, and help even more people affected by cancer. We’re really looking forward to working together and I’d like to thank them for their support.”
Founded in 2015, OitC is an independent, not for profit foundation that already works in close partnership with Ospreys Rugby and today’s announcement will see that relationship continuing.
Working in conjunction with commercial partners, public sector bodies and third sector agencies to generate financial support and resources, the aim of OitC is to create a vibrant and sustainable Foundation that utilises the undoubted power of the Ospreys brand and players in a positive fashion, to harness social good and make an impact in communities.
Paul Whapham, Foundation Manager, Ospreys in the Community remarked:
“We’re looking forward to another season of working in collaboration with the Ospreys, and being able to increase our engagement with children across the region. Any funds raised will enable us to increase the amount of work we do within schools, rugby clubs and disadvantaged people”
“The partnership with Tenvous Cancer Care is something of a landmark, and moving forward the opportunity to run events, be involved in some of the PR activity and fundraise, for both charities, is excellent.”