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31 March 2016
On 17 March 2016 managing director Tim Haley had a whole afternoon sat next to special guest speaker Willie John McBride at a St Patrick's Day event at the Albert Square chop house in Manchester. The event was a fund raiser supporting Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity's new helipad appeal.
Willie John, a former captain of the Irish rugby union team, is famous for captaining the British & Irish Lions rugby union team to victory in New Zealand in 1971 (still the only tour victory in NZ) and then the unbeaten tour to South Africa in 1974.
The game was amateur in those days which meant Willie, a then bank manager with the Midland Bank (now part of HSBC) had to get permission for a four and a half month absence in 1971 and three and half months in 1974. He was lucky, some of the players had to take unpaid leave from their jobs!
Tim is pictured being presented by Willie John with an auctioned current Irish International rugby union shirt.
Rugby heaven and a great fundraising success!