Scrumdown; Rugby Legends Support Avanta at Sparks Charity Dinner

Rugby legends and TV and radio presenters will team up on Thursday 15 April for a unique rugby dinner and live auction in aid of Sparks, the children’s medical research charity.

London, United Kingdom, March 26, 2010 --( Sponsored by Avanta Managed Offices, the evening kicks off at 6.30pm at Vanilla in London’s Great Tichfield Street with special guests including rugby greats such as Kenny Logan, Peter Scrivener and Damien Cronin, as well as leading rugby commentator John Taylor and Kenny’s wife, award-winning sports TV and radio presenter Gabby Logan. Following a superb three-course dinner, guests will enjoy a Q&A session with the celebrities, including a post 6 Nations ‘inquest’ from some of top stars from the rugby world, and then have the chance to bid on a range of amazing items up for grabs in a special auction.

“This is the 5th year that we having supported Spark’s charity sporting events,” comments David Alberto, Avanta’s managing director, “and despite the tough global economic climate I believe that the research charity, whose sole remit is to fund research across the whole spectrum of paediatric medicine, well deserves all the support that we can provide.”

Paul Connew, Sparks Director of Communications, said “Many people simply don’t realise that the majority of pioneering medical research projects for children in the UK depend on charities like Sparks and not the public purse.

“That stark fact makes the role of corporate/charity partnerships like that of Avanta and Sparks absolutely vital to the challenge of making the discoveries that give more children the chance to survive and thrive. Without such partnerships, much of that important lifesaving, life-enhancing research simply wouldn’t kick off and that would be tragic. The money raised at the rugby dinner will help Sparks-funded doctors and researchers give more children the chance of a healthy, winning future.”

Tickets are available at £50 per person from Sam Gale at Sparks on 020 7340 0699 or via email:

Victoria Fisher