Aramis Rugby releases limited edition Rainbow themed rugby range in support of NHS & Hospice
100% of all procceds, not just profits, will go to charity
A limited edition Rainbow themed rugby range inluding ball, shirt & face masks has been manufactured by Aramis Rugby in support of frontline healthcare heroes at NHS & Hospice.
Aramis Rugby based in South Molton, has released specially-designed shirts and rugby balls, with every penny from sales going to North Devon Hospice and NHS hospital charity Over and Above.
Staff at North Devon District Hospital with the rainbow rugby balls and shirts created by Aramis Rugby of South Molton, with all proceeds from sales going to hospital charity Over & Above and North devon Hospice. Picture: O&A
It is all the idea of 10-year-old rugby fan Ryan Mahajan who is hoping to raise thousands for frontline healthcare heroes.
North Devon Hospice nurses with the rugby ball and shirt created by Aramis Rugby, with all proceeds going to charity. Picture: NDH
Ryan Mahajan enlisted the help of his family’s company, Aramis Rugby in South Molton, to produce specially-designed shirts and rugby balls, with every penny from sales going to North Devon Hospice and hospital charity Over and Above.
Both are now available to buy from the Aramis website, at £45 for the shirts and £25 for balls. You can even buy a set of four rainbow-themed face masks too for £20.
The entire amount will be donated to the charities, with Aramis absorbing the production costs.
Ryan Mahajan, aged 10, came up with the idea of his family's company Aramis Rugby producing rainbow shirts and rugby balls to sell for North Devon Hospice and Over & Above, with every penny going to charity. Picture: Aramis Rugby
Ryan, who is a keen rugby player for Barnstaple RFC Under-11s, said: “I felt bad that while we are safe inside our homes in lockdown, the healthcare workers were working to save lives, sometimes risking their own.
“I want to raise a lot of money for healthcare workers as they don’t sometimes get to see their loved ones because of working in hospitals and hospices. I want to thank them for helping sick people and for helping us during coronavirus.”
Ryan’s mum, Roshni Mahajan, sales and marketing director of Aramis Rugby, said the whole thing had been his idea. She said: “It is important for us to support and promote our local community.
“Last year we broke the Guinness World Record for the largest rugby ball ever produced, and that also raised lots for charity and helped to put North Devon in the spotlight.
“As a parent I am really proud that Ryan has understood and is working towards our ethos, which is to invest in the community and that commerce will follow.”
Hospice nurse Caroline Facey said: “We simply wouldn’t be able to do this without amazing people like Ryan and the team at Aramis.
“We are blown away by their generosity and think this is a really imaginative way to encourage people to show their support. I’d encourage anyone, rugby fan or not, to go and buy a shirt or a ball, because it really will make a difference to someone’s life.”
Josh Allan from Over and Above added: “Aramis have a history of delivering fantastic fundraisers in support of their community and it’s great to see the next generation in Ryan have been inspired to get creative and raise money for local causes.
“During such uncertain and challenging times, the generosity and kindness shown by our communities has continued to lift the morale of staff at North Devon District Hospital.”
North Devon's MP, Selaine Saxby said she was supportive of the fundraising scheme: "We have seen many companies in North Devon doing their part supporting the NHS and their communities throughout this crisis.
I am delighted to see Aramis Rugby from South Molton doing their part for two local health charities, North Devon Hospice and Over and Above. They are not only donating the profits but all of the proceeds to these amazing causes. Thank you for everything you are doing and I hope lots of North Devon residents will indulge in a rainbow rugby ball and shirt".
To buy a rainbow rugby shirt or ball, go to AramisRugby.co.uk/charity .