THE Cornish Pirates were delighted to welcome representatives of Wooden Spoon Cornwall who made a collection in support of the important charity at the Pirate's recent league match played at the Mennaye Field against Caldy, writes Phil Westren. 

Wooden Spoon Cornwall is part of the national Wooden Spoon charity. The Children’s Charity of Rugby, it comprises England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, hence their distinctive colours.

The premise of the charity is to raise money to support substantial projects helping children who are disadvantaged.

Since 2001, thanks to the generosity of rugby supporters within the county Wooden Spoon Cornwall have raised over a quarter million of pounds, with raised funds staying in Cornwall. Projects over this time have included a sensory room, a massive indoor climbing wall, two riding for the disabled ponies, and an activity room.

The charity is grateful to be supported by their ambassadors, Jack Nowell, Billy Keast, and most recently Josh, Sam and Joe Matavesi.

Commenting on behalf of Wooden Spoon Cornwall, David Pooley said: “The generosity of the supporters at the Pirates match was again humbling, and especially so in the current economic climate.

“In raising £631-98, we met some lovely supportive new people and had a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable day – plus it was great to see the Pirates playing some excellent rugby.”