We were delighted to support the Trent College annual sporting dinner this year, which raised an astounding £5,500 in funds for its chosen charity, the Kenyan Schools Partnership.

Held on January 29, the ‘World in Union’ sporting dinner saw rugby stars Phil de Glanville, Sophie Hemming and George Chuter interviewed by renowned broadcaster John Inverdale, who were all seated on donated Barker and Stonehouse furniture.

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The leather Houston Sofa and Galveston Tub Chair were later raffled off in a charity heads and tails challenge, raising a huge £2,200 towards the overall sum of the evening.

Former England captain de Glanville, 2014 Women’s World Cup winner Hemmings, Leicester Tigers legend and 2007 World Cup finalist Chuter provided fascinating anecdotes and insights from their successful yet varied careers as England prepares to host the Rugby World Cup carnival in September.

Chuter said: “The fact we have the third biggest global sporting event on our doorstep should fill all sports fans with excitement and anticipation. It also offers the game of rugby the opportunity to really expand its exposure and numbers of participants in this country, and propel the game forward.”

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Trent College has a long-standing charitable link with Nyacaba Primary School in Kenya, with staff and pupils visiting regularly and identifying essential projects, including buying books, buildings, furniture, doors, roofing, flooring and installing a water tank. These projects made such a big difference to the school that Trent decided to support another school, Gowan Mount View Academy, leading to the launch of the Partnership.

James Barker, Barker and Stonehouse Managing Director said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to offer a helping hand to the Kenyan Schools Partnership. We have a strong sense of community spirit and are proud to support this extremely worthy cause.”