Stars from the world of sport and entertainment celebrated Danny Care’s induction into the Legends of Rugby Hall of Fame on 16 January 2019, during an incredible evening raising funds for our life-changing music therapy.

This year’s dinner, which was sponsored by O2, was hosted by TV favourite Vernon Kay, and featured performances by Scottish pop/rock band Texas, fellow Scot and musician KT Tunstall, and singer/songwriter Colette Cooper.

The event was attended by a scrum of rugby stars including Craig Chalmers, Lawrence Dallaglio, Andy Gormasall, Graham Dawe, Charlie Hodgson, Steve Bainbridge and Richard Wigglesworth amongst many others. Joining the stars of Rugby and host Vernon Kay, were Jo Wood, Love Island’s Laura Crane and Rosie Williams, and TOWIE’s Jessica Wright and Lydia Bright.  

On receiving the Legends of Rugby award, Danny said: “Nordoff Robbins is an environment where people can go to enjoy themselves and express themselves. People are living in really tough times and they find some happiness there. It’s an unbelievable charity and I’m very honoured to have been able to go to a Nordoff Robbins centre”.

Ahead of the event Danny visited our London centre to learn more about our work. Of his visit he said:

“It was amazing to go down to the Nordoff Robbins centre and meet the team and one of their music therapists to see how the power of music is used to change people’s lives. The facilities there are unbelievable – you can see how they offer people a safe and nurturing environment in which to just express themselves in music. Music has had a significant impact on my life, and my sporting career – I have a four-year-old boy and its non-stop music in our house, and in Rugby we love a sing-song, it’s such a big part of our world. It brings us together and helps us focus to really get our heads into the game, so I can relate to the impact music must have on the people this wonderful charity are helping every day” 

The money raised at this year’s event will contribute to the £1.6 million raised to date since the event launched in 1995. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously at the event, to our sponsors O2, and to VU Limited.