Each year we ask the people of Fleet vote for the local charity they would like to see benefit from Carnival. We narrowed it down from the many nominations to 4. Wooden Spoon came out on top for 2015.

The children’s charity of rugby. Wooden Spoon will be the main beneficiary of money raised by Carnival 2015 which sees the recently revived event celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Set up by five England rugby fans in 1983, Wooden Spoon funds life-changing projects across the UK and Ireland to support disadvantaged and disabled children through the power of rugby. The charity is one of the country’s largest funders of respite and medical treatment centres, sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds, sports activity areas, and community based programmes in the UK and Ireland.

With their head office based in Fleet, Wooden Spoon have organised over 650 charitable projects, distributing more than £22 million to at least 1 million under 25’s across the UK.

Chief Operating Officer at Wooden Spoon, Barry Monahan says, “We are delighted that the people of Fleet have chosen Wooden Spoon as their chosen charity for the 2015 Fleet & District Carnival. With numbers of UK disadvantaged children anticipated to reach an all time high in 2015, we need the public’s help more than ever. We want to make Rugby World Cup year, Wooden Spoon’s year. The support from Fleet & District Carnival will be spent locally and will make a big difference to disadvantaged and disabled children.

“We are also offering anybody who is signed up to be a member by 23 September 2015, the opportunity to win tickets to the Rugby World Cup final. Find out more woodenspoon.org.uk