The Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust was established in 1972 by former President of the Welsh Rugby Union Sir Tasker Watkins VC to help players who have been severely injured while playing rugby.
In the years since it was created, hundreds of male and female players - from grassroots rugby to the elite game - have been supported by the Trust. Some receive help on a short-term basis where fortunately they have gone on to make good recoveries. But sadly, many have suffered life-changing injuries which have had a devastating impact not only on their lives but on their families.
The Trust is currently supporting a number of men and women, on a long-term basis who have been severely injured playing rugby. All have suffered catastrophic injuries, many so severe that they will never walk again, are paraplegic or tetraplegic, with some having undergone amputations as a direct result of their injuries.
The Trust’s principal aim is to enhance the quality of life of players who have suffered terrible injuries. It strives to offer practical, educational and social support. In the early days of an injury this may include covering the costs of families visiting their loved one in hospital.
When an injured player returns home, help provided can include funding significant house adaptations like wet-rooms and ramps, hoists, wheelchairs and specially adapted cars to restore mobility and independence.
The Trust has also offered financial support towards rehabilitation, counselling, career advice, educational opportunities and retraining.
It provides Christmas and summer holiday grants to the severely injured players and hosts a number of social events for players and their families. This network creates the Trust’s unique sense of family.
The affairs of the Trust are managed by 15 Trustees who meet at least six times a year. Drawn from a variety of backgrounds, including medicine, law, the media and rugby itself, the Trustees give their time on a voluntary basis.
In addition to the work undertaken by the Trustees the Trust is indebted to the work of volunteers whose immense contribution is invaluable.