Who we are

READY raises money to help young people with disabilities play sport and take part in healthy activities for fun and fitness. We are run completely by volunteers.

Over the years we’ve helped hundreds of children with grants for racing wheelchairs, basketball wheelchairs, blind cricket, ramps, prosthetics, seated skis, team kit, racing gloves, specialist hearing aids, gym equipment, swimming lessons, facilities and transport for kids, carers and even ponies!

The grants our we are able to make can be truly life changing.

Patron

Gary Lineker, OBE

BBC Sports Presenter, former England footballer and supporter of READY.

President

John Inverdale

John has been a staunch supporter of READY for many years. John gives up a lot of his free time away from the hectic schedule at the BBC to attend events and raise vital funds for READY.

Patron

Angus Fraser

Former England and Middlesex cricketer, Middlesex MD of Cricket, England selector and supporter of READY.

Patron

Jason Leonard

Former President of READY, President of the RFU in World Cup year and England's most capped player.

Trustee

Salvatore Dilena, Chairman

Current Chairman of READY Board of Trustees, Salv Dilena is a chartered accountant running a Weybridge-based practice. During his career Salv has been involved with a variety of charitable organisations in an auditing and advisory capacity. He has participated in a number of fund raising events and has been a long-standing supporter of READY and a Trustee since 2012.

Trustee

Colin Herridge, Vice Chairman

Colin was one of READY's founding Trustees and is our longest serving board member. Businessman, former Non-Executive Director of Harlequins Rugby Club and former Treasurer of the RFU, Colin brings to READY both his considerable business acumen and his many contacts in the world of sport - particularly useful on our charity golf days.

Trustee

David Hill

READY Trustee and former Chairman, David is part of a family business which has been a staunch supporter of the charity since its inception. David has also put his best foot forward to raise funds for READY running several times in the London Marathon and completing the Haute Route, a mountaineering expedition from Chamonix to Zermatt.

Trustee

Vinny Codrington

Vinny is a long standing supporter and Trustee of READY. As CEO of Middlesex CCC and former Richmond rugby union fly half and Director of Rugby Vinny knows what it takes to succeed at sport at the highest level.

Trustee

Jeff Thomas

Jeff, right, is a Quantity Surveyor and enthusiastic golfer. Former rugby player and proud Welshman Jeff has been a Trustee of READY since 2008. He is personally responsible for READY's most successful fund raising year to date and leads READY's successful golf day fund raisers.

Trustee

Debbie Aplin

READY Trustee and long standing supporter of READY, Debbie initiated the successful Twickenham RFU 5 6 Nations and International charity car park, and has organised several fund raising events including in a casino evening, charity Polo matches, celebrity functions and charity balls. Debbie is MD of a development company who are a big supporter of READY.

Trustee

Robert Dearing, Hon. Treasurer

Robert is a qualified chartered accountant and is the Finance Director for a local company based in Twickenham. He became READY's Treasurer in 2003.

Trustee

Rob Beeby

Rob is a Logistics Manager by profession but has recently branched out and is now running his own business. He has been a Trustee since 2009. As son-in-law of one of READY's founders, the late Alan Halfpenny, Rob has been heavily involved in the running of the charity.

Trustee

Geraint Morgan

Geraint is part of a local family business which has supported READY for a number of years. An avid rugby fan, and President of Thames Ditton CC Geraint and Moira Morgan lead READY's fundraising activities.

Trustee

Moira Morgan

Moira is a senior SRN. A long standing supporter of READY Moira became a Trustee since 2012. Moira and Geraint Morgan lead READY's fund raising activities including the Blind Cricket 20:20 with BBQ & bake-off, Surbiton High School Hockathon and the successful Christmas Gift Fair.

Patron

Jamie Salmon

Jamie Salmon - Played International rugby for both England and New Zealand

Patron

Bob Hiller

Bob Hiller - President of Harlequins and former England Rugby captain

Patron

Tony Hallett

Tony Hallett - Former CEO of the RFU and current Chairman of Richmond RFC

Patron

Brian Moore

Brian Moore - BBC Rugby Presenter, Daily Telegraph columnist and former England hooker. Former President of READY

Patron

Andy Mullins

Andy Mullins - Board member of Harlequins and ex England player

Patron

Jeff Probyn

Jeff Probyn - Columnist for The Rugby Paper and ex England prop

Patron

Micky Skinner

Micky Skinner - Former Harlequins and England rugby International

Patron

Roger Uttley

Roger Uttley - Former player for England and the British Lions and coach for England

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Robert Vallings

Robert Vallings - Barrister and member of Richmond rugby club

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Peter Winterbottom

Peter Winterbottom - Former England and British Lions rugby player


Since our beginnings in Richmond upon Thames in 1991 as a Mayor’s Charity initiative, support from Twickenham based RFU, Friends of READY and many corporate and individual donors READY has now raised over £500,000.  READY is run entirely by volunteers and the money we raise goes directly to grant recipients.