THE BRITISH & IRISH LIONS have partnered with Velindre Cancer Centre/Canolfan Ganser Felindre for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand.

For the first time the Lions will officially support the charity which makes a difference to cancer patients and their families, including holding a fund-raising dinner at Cardiff City Hall on February 10 2017 – the eve of the Wales v England RBS 6 Nations match.

British & Irish Lions Chief Operating Officer Charlie McEwen said: “Velindre Cancer Centre has a big impact on people’s lives, both in treatment and the care they provide for patients and their families. The Lions family want to support them in their efforts and we hope the funds raised from this dinner will make a difference.”

Head of Fundraising at Velindre Andrew Morris said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with such a prestigious and well respected organisation. Warren Gatland has been a long time supporter of Velindre and the Leading the Lions Dinner promises to be a huge success, and will further our aim of providing exceptional care, support and treatment to cancer patients and their families in Wales.”

The Leading the Lions evening will celebrate Lions Tours of the past and look ahead to what is arguably the biggest Lions Tour ever next June.

Great names from Lions history will come together with 2017 Head Coach Warren Gatland and Tour Manager and 1971 Lion John Spencer.

McEwen added: “Bringing together past Lions’ coaches, captains and legends at these official events present not only a unique opportunity to hear from true Lions greats but to raise much needed funds for these four charities.”

In addition to Velindre Cancer Centre/Canolfan Ganser Felindre, Temple Street Children's University Hospital (Ireland), Great Ormond Street Hospital (England), The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (Scotland), Velindre Cancer Centre/Canolfan Ganser Felindre (Wales) will also benefit from a dinner in their respective countries.

Leading The Lions Dinners:
• February 10, 2017 – City Hall, Cardiff
• March 3, 2017 – Guinness Storehouse, Dublin
• April 27, 2017 – Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh
• May 11, 2017 - Battersea Evolution, London (black tie)

All events include a wine reception, three-course meal, legendary Lions speakers and an auction in aid of the designated charity and the Lions Charitable Trust.

For more information and to book places at the Leading The Lions Dinner Series go to or call 0344 788 4068

Dave Barton
Head of Communications
+44 7736 517610
Alastair Downey
Lions Rugby Travel
+44 (0) 7767 884 848




The British & Irish Lions
The British & Irish Lions first toured in 1888 and has become established as the world's
best loved touring team. The Lions tour one of the Southern Hemisphere rugby nations every four years, visiting South Africa, New Zealand or Australia once every 12 years. The 2017 Lions Tour to New Zealand will consist of 10 games played throughout the country between June 3 and July 8, including three Test matches against the double
World Champions.

The Lions Trust
The Lions Trust is the official charitable foundation of The British & Irish Lions and was established by the Lions Committee in 2002. The Lions Trust offers financial assistance to former Lions players who may be experiencing genuine hardship due to injury and disability.

Velindre Cancer Centre/Canolfan Ganser Felindre
Velindre Cancer Centre has been providing care, support and treatment to cancer patients and their families since 1956; in their 60th anniversary year they aspire to deliver the best cancer services in the world through care, quality and excellence.

They are the premier provider of radiotherapy and other specialised anti-cancer treatments in Wales. Access to radiotherapy is critical to improving patient outcomes for cancer: the evidence tells us that approximately 40% of patients with cancer would benefit from radiotherapy treatment, and recent advances at Velindre means that it can be delivered with remarkable precision.

Velindre support cancer patients and their families through difficult times, and their specially trained and highly committed staff strive every single day to make this time as comfortable as possible.

Money raised from the Victory over Cancer campaign will be used to fund ground breaking research and buy specialist equipment, so staff have access to the most up to date training and techniques available. The incidence of cancer is rising by 1% each year in Wales. By 2020 one in two people will be affected by cancer in Wales.

People in Wales living with cancer will increase by 80% between 2010 and 2030. However, cancer survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years, meaning that more people in Wales are surviving cancer because of better treatments and earlier detection.

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November 29, 2016