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Prime MInister Boris Johnson has personally signed one of the Aramis Rugby rainbow balls.
Boris Johnson has signed a rugby ball produced by Aramis Rugby of South Molton, which along with matching rugby shirts was designed by Ryan Mahajan.
All proceeds from the sale of the balls and shirts will go to hospital charity Over and Above and North Devon Hospice, with Aramis paying for all of the production costs.
Ryan Mahajan, aged 10, came up with the idea of Aramis Rugby producing rainbow shirts and rugby balls to sell, with every penny going to charity.
The campaign was Ryan’s idea and Boris Johnson heard about it when the youngster wrote to him asking for his support.
Asked about how he felt about Boris Johnson's response to his inititative, Ryan said:
“Thank you Mr Prime Minister for supporting me in raising funds for our healthcare superheroes. You noticing my efforts is very encouraging for me.
“You are the best Prime Minster and thank you for taking care of our country during coronavirus. One day I will join in serving the UK.”
The Prime Minister signed a rugby ball along with many other MPs including health secretary Matt Hancock after North Devon MP Selaine Saxby took them with her on a visit to parliament.
Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon modelling personally at Westminster with rainbow themed Aramis Rugby Shirt and Rugby Ball.
Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon, said:
“I have been, while socially distancing, collecting signatures from MPs, ministers and the Prime Minister so that at a later date we can auction these items. Please get involved and get your own brightly coloured rugby shirt and ball.”
Aramis makes shirts and equipment used by many grassroots rugby clubs, as well as innovative scrum machines that aid with professional training. They also hold the Guinness World Record for the World's largest rugby ball ever manufactured.
CEO of Aramis Rugby, Vikas Mahajan said:
“The nation owes itself to our frontline health workers. Aramis Rugby is doing its bit for the community and is grateful to our local MP, Selaine Saxby who has been so supportive of the cause right from the beginning and has taken keen interest in the development of local businesses like ours.
“It is a tremendous boost to learn that the Prime Minister has acknowledged the efforts of Aramis Rugby and has even made the effort to photograph himself with our rugby ball!"
“Last year we put South Molton in the news by creating a Guinness world record for the largest rugby ball and now this recognition by Boris Johnson to a local business based in South Molton has once again put North Devon in the limelight.”
Support has been pouring in from host of other Westminster MPs towards this charity initiative with all MPs recognising the generosity of a South Molton based business who is contributing 100% of the sale proceeds, and not just profits, towards helping our healthcare heroes. They were all particularly impressed by the determination of a 10 year old boy in rasining money for NHS and Hospice.
Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby, has made the gesture of contributing to the cause by purchasing a rugby ball himself. Justin Tomlinson, Minister of State for Disabled people, Health & Work was equaly impressed by the campaign. In a personally signed letter, he said:
This Government is immensely proud of all of our hardworking healthcare workers, never more so than at this especially challenging time. They continue to be an inspiration every single day with their dedication and commitment. I was, therefore, very touched to read about Ryan’s determination to support them.
" Please pass on my admiration and very best wishes to him and let me know how he does".
The limited edition rugby shirts and balls as well as rainbow face coverings are available to buy from https://www.aramisrugby.co.uk/charity