The Lloyd’s building in Lime Street is routinely filled with the buzz of underwriters deep in conversation with brokers. However, on Thursday 23 November the building echoed to a different sound with the crashes of wheelchairs as the GB Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) team played against the Lloyd’s rugby team in a spectacular event to help raise funds to send the GB team to the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020.

The GBWR team has been working determinedly to raise funds since losing their UK sport funding. Despite the funding cuts, the team, ranked 5th in the world, won the European Championships in June this year qualifying them for the World Championships in Sydney 2018 – an important step on the journey to get to the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020.

Last week’s fundraising event saw the GBWR team playing interval games of wheelchair rugby against the market’s own Lloyd’s Rugby Club, as well as guest participants from the market. Over two hours, the teams battled it out to score tries by carrying the ball across the opposing team’s goal line.

Our CEO, Inga Beale, is behind the team all the way:
“I am extremely proud to be hosting the GBWR team here at Lloyd’s and fully support their campaign to raise the funds that will enable them to compete in Tokyo 2020. When I played rugby, I revelled in the opportunity to challenge and express myself on the pitch with my team-mates. It is something that I suspect many of us just take for granted when playing the sport we love. Wheelchair rugby has given hundreds of people that opportunity – to be the best they can be – and I am delighted to see the insurance community get behind this great sport.”

The team’s ambition to succeed is extremely inspiring and we, alongside many other companies in the insurance industry, are delighted to support the GBWR team in their quest to raise the funds they need to get them to the 2020 Paralympic Games. So far, £186,000 has already been raised from some of the big names in insurance, including Ascot, the Lloyd’s Rugby Club, Talbot (Validus Group), The John Coldman Charitable Trust, Tokio Marine Kiln, MarRS, Alwen Hugh Johnson and XL Catlin.

The team needs to raise £750,000, so there’s still a way to go. If you would like to make a donation then please visit the Just Giving page.

About the GBWR team
The Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Charity offers programmes across the UK in military rehabilitation centres, spinal injury units and youth programmes. It also works closely with a number of the rugby clubs in the Premiership including Saracens, Harlequins and Gloucester. They provide many people with disabilities the opportunity and inspiration to achieve and succeed.