Rugby player Mike Tindall MBE played a huge part in raising money and awareness for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins last week as he was honoured at the 21st Six Nations Rugby Dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
Mike, who also visited Nordoff Robbin’s North London Centre, was joined by his wife Zara Phillips and fellow players including Andy Beattie, Ugo Monye and Jeremy Guscott. Made In Chelsea’s Ollie Locke, Georgia Toffolo and Millie Wilkinson and singing sensation Katherine Jenkins were among the VIP guests. Classical singer Camilla Kerslake kicked off the evening’s performances whilst Stereophonics surprised guests with an incredible performance at the end of the night.
During the evening guests had the opportunity to hear from Gabriella, whose four year old daughter Claudia comes to Nordoff Robbins for music therapy: "My beautiful and vibrant little girl who doesn’t speak, will have her voice heard tonight…
“We can’t imagine a world without music therapy and although we cannot cure our daughter we know for certain that through the dedicated work of Nordoff Robbins, Claudia is reaching her fullest potential and above all music has brought her to life.”
The dinner, which was held in partnership with O2 and Tesco, included the auction of items such as signed David Bowie Hunky Dory Album Artwork which sold for £20k and a Brian May guitar which went for £7.5k.
Mike Tindall said: “I feel very privileged to be the honouree at this year’s Nordoff Robbins rugby dinner. Nordoff Robbins is a charity that delivers life-changing music therapy to people with a range of challenges, and I am truly proud to be a part of this wonderful event which raises money to help their work continue. Nordoff Robbins is a national music therapy charity dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults across the UK. It uses music therapy to help people with a range of conditions such as autism, dementia, mental health problems, stroke, brain injury, depression and life-threatening or terminal illnesses, such as cancer.”
Jo Carter, Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications said: “We are so excited to have honoured the great sporting talent that is Mike Tindall. Every year this amazing event raises funds that will enable us to continue the vital music therapy work that we do for vulnerable people around the UK. We are thrilled to have worked with O2 and Tesco once again and we enjoyed an evening which celebrated some truly great sporting achievement.”
Source: Nordoff Robbins