ENGLAND'S Rugby World Cup winning coach addressed business leaders at an event for charity.

Sir Clive Woodward, whose England side won the 2003 tournament, was guest speaker at the 'Big Lunch' at Chateau Impney near Droitwich.

The event, run in partnership between the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and Worcestershire Ambassadors, raised nearly £30,000 for the charities Wooden Spoon Worcestershire and the RFU Injured Players Association.

Worcestershire based accountancy firm, Hayward Wright Group, were the principal sponsors of the afternoon.

Alistair Hayward-Wright from the firm said: “We are delighted to have supported such a fantastic event at the Chateau Impney and raising funds for two great causes.

"With over 350 people in attendance, it was fantastic afternoon with rugby legend Sir Clive Woodward.”

Neil Bettridge, of AMROS Events and Promotions, who delivered the event, said: “I am delighted to have brought together the business community from across Worcestershire and the wider West Midlands to enjoy a fantastic afternoon with Sir Clive Woodward, the mastermind behind England Rugby’s greatest moment.

"I would like to thank Alistair Hayward-Wright and his team for supporting the first ‘Big Lunch’ with many more to come.

"The generosity of our guests helped to raise just under £30,000 for two worthy causes – thank you to everyone who supported the afternoon.”

The RFU Injured Players Foundation supports players who sustain a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury and help to prevent future injuries through research and education.

Wooden Spoon Worcestershire have raised over £280,000 of funding to projects that transform the lives of disadvantaged and disabled children in the community.