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Blues Foundation


Foundation has a positive impact during a difficult time


T ere’s never an easy time to launch a charity, especially in the middle of a nationwide lockdown, but Blues Foundation’s creation in April has certainly already made a positive impact within the Bedfordshire community as it approaches the six-month mark since the offi cial inauguration. Blues Foundation is the charitable arm of Bedford Blues, created with the main ambition to become one of the region’s leading sporting charities. T is will be achieved through a vision to inspire the local community using the values of rugby for the advancement and promotion of positive and informed lifestyle choices. Bedford Blues have long been Bedford’s premier sporting club, at


the heart of the community, impacting on numerous lives through professional sport. Blues Foundation plans to take this impact one step further by using rugby, sport and education to directly infl uence lives across diff erent communities.


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Inside the opening six months, Blues Foundation


has impacted on the mental and physical health of more than 500 people from a variety of demographics and backgrounds. T e organisers are now looking at innovative ways to extend the reach in the community by implementing further projects alongside partners including MK SNAP, Autism Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough Council, England Rugby, Team BEDS&LUTON and Sport England. Refl ecting on the growth of the charity, Blues


Foundation Manager, Tom Harwood said: “It’s incredibly rewarding to see the impact our charity has had so far. Being physically active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle has never been more important, and we are determined to extend our reach to support more people as time goes on.” T e fl agship launch campaign, Run, Row, Ride,


was designed specifi cally to help those who needed support during the COVID-19 crisis. Through donations acquired when people attempted the challenge, over 2,000 meals were delivered to Bedford’s most vulnerable through a variety of methods including YMCA Bedfordshire and social housing groups.


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