Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability Staff Honoured to be Guests of the Wimbledon Foundation

24 March 2017

A night time tour of Centre Court by Ben Swann from Learning as part of the Wimbledon Foundation annual evening reception at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Thursday 16/03/2017. Credit: AELTC/Paul Gregory.


The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability’s Executive Director of Fundraising, Jane Beaven, and Senior Trusts & Major Donor Manager, Aysen Norton, were guests last week at the annual reception for local charities organised by the Wimbledon Foundation, the charity of  The All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships.

The reception was to celebrate the work of the local charities supported by the Wimbledon Foundation.  Last year the Wimbledon Foundation gave the RHN £2,500, from its Get Set, Get Active Fund, to support it’s boccia team. Boccia is a precision team sport, similar to bowls, played by disabled people, with national teams competing at Paralympic  level.

The evening was a chance for local charities to get together, and included a tour of centre court (above), where they discovered that the All England Club has a grass expert who has to count every single blade of grass.

Aysen Norton said,

“We heard  some very moving presentations given by some other recipients of grants. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet representatives of the other local charities supported.”

Ian Hewitt, Chairman of the Wimbledon Foundation said,

“The evening was a chance for us to celebrate the achievements of those we support and thank all of the charities for their hard work and commitment to meeting social needs and alleviating disadvantage, especially in our local community of Merton and Wandsworth.”