The World Of Groggs has over the last 40 years donated thousands of Groggs to various charities. As a small family business we are however now struggling to keep up with the demand for donations of figures which we receive on a daily basis. Finding it hard to refuse any requests we have decided in future to designate certain charities every year in order to simplify things. The charities we are supporting this year are as follows:
The Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust
We hope you understand our position and realize it is not a personal decision but a simple financial fact of life that we can only do so much.
We wish you all the best in your fund raising events.
737 Challenge for Marie Curie
Pontypridd born Richard Parks took on a massive challenge at the end of 2010, to reach 7 summits on 3 poles in just 7 months. Richard achieved this World First on the 12th of July, completing in just 6 months and 11 days. To commemorate this and help Richard with fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care we made only 100 Mini Richard Parks in the 737 Challenge kit, complete with beard and Marie Curie Dafofil. All the profits from each sale are going to the charity. Many thanks to our customers for contributing to the cause and making this the 2nd fastest selling Grogg of all time, selling out in just 9 days!
Pontypridd's 'An Evening with Richard Parks' Auction.
On the 19th of August Pontypridd RFC held a welcome home event for Richard at Sardis Road, packed with Ponty faithfuls. For the event we made a UNIQUE 737 Mini Richard Parks in the Pontypridd Cup Winners 2011 Kit, again complete with beard, Marie Curie Dafodil and inscription on the back reading '7 Summits, 3 Poles, 7 Months. We took secret bids for the piece leading up to the night, but we were blown away by the final winning bid of £800! All of this total has gone to the charity.
Ty Hafan July 2011
Dr Rhys Jones of The Dubai Welsh Society and Carly presenting Stacey of Ty Hafan with a cheque for £6500 made from the annual dinner held in Dubai, in which 'Groggs' was the theme this year. They auctioned off a few Groggs and even some blown up pictures of them. Let's hope it makes a difference to such an important cause.
Velindre Stepping Stones Gala Dinner
A brilliant night was had by all at the Village Hotel on Wednesday 2nd Feb at the Stepping Stones Dinner to raise funds for Velindre. John and Richard were in great company with old friends John and Oonagh Scott and thoroughly enjoyed the Q&A session with Mike Hall, Rob Jones and Jonathan Davies. We were also delighted that the First Edition of the Kilimanjaro Grogg, reserved for the occasion, raised £1600 in the Auction.
Many thanks to Kylie McKee for presenting us with this certificate representing the success of the evening.
Welsh Charitables John Dawes
An unusual and unique Grogg has been created to be auctioned on behalf of the Welsh Charitables Organisation on Friday 5th November at Llandovery RFC. The dinner is being held to honour London Welsh, Wales and Lions legend John Dawes in the presence of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. This figure is the only one of it's kind to be made in the Welsh Charitables own strip. Any Grogg collectors wishing to bid for it prior to the dinner can contact David Power at http://www.welshcharitablesrfc.com/ .
Historic JPR Bust Auction
on behalf of Spinal Research
A unique bust of JPR Williams reenacting the day Bridgend played New Zealand in 1978 and their Captain and talisman was brutally stamped on but returned to the field in true JPR style to finish the match with blood pouring down his shirt. Bids for the singular piece can be left by email at firstname.lastname@example.org , by phone 01443405001 or in the Groggshop itself. A running total will be kept available to the public and the auction will be open until the end of September 2009.
Final Bid £830
CIB - Gareth Edwards Bust
John, Gareth and Richard with the Cardiff Strip Bust which was auctioned late last year for the Cardiff Institute for the Blind.
Created to commemorate the 60th Birthday of the World's Greatest rugby player, Gareth Edwards CBE, The World Of Groggs is proud to present our special tribute to this sporting legend. As this bust is Limited to only 100 pieces, please let us know ASAP if you are interested in this superbly detailed portrait.
Order yours here
Gareth after signing the bust 27/2/2007
To celebrate Gareths 60th birthday Richard has created a bust, nine will be painted in unique strips and auctioned on behalf of the Cardiff Insitute for the Blind of which Gareth is the Patron. In discussion with Gareth we have decided on some classic strips and some rare and unusual ones. The Lions, Cardiff and Barbarian are obvious choices but Gareth has also suggested the Wales /England quartered centenary strip, the World XV strip from South Africa 1977 and East Wales V New Zealand 1967. We will be unveiling these very unusual and highly collectable busts prior to
Cardiff Institute for the Blind
On Friday the 20th October 2006 The Cardiff Institute for the Blind hosted a fund raising dinner at the Marriot hotel in Cardiff. As one of our designated charities the World of Groggs, in conjunction with the family of Gareth Edwards, donated to the auction one of the rarest figures ever made at the Groggshop.
The “Hand-off Gareth Edwards” was made to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Groggshop. This also coincided with the 30th anniversary of the victorious Lions Tour of New Zealand in 1971 inspiring Richard’s choice in modeling Gareth’s famous hand-off of All Black fly half Bob Burgess in the Third test at Wellington. As unhappy Grogg collectors are only too aware only thirty of these pieces were produced and sold before the mould was destroyed. This is the last chance anyone will ever have of possessing this iconic piece of sporting history.
On the 23rd of September at the Holland House Hotel, Cardiff, a Welsh Former International Rugby Player Association dinner was held to invite five of the greatest Outside Halves in Welsh Rugby history to join their Hall of Fame. A unique Grogg figure of Cliff Morgan , Dai Watkins, Barry John , Phil Bennett and Jonathan Davies ,each piece signed by the player, was auctioned at the dinner in aid of supporting past players. Entitled "The Outside-half Factory" The piece when auctioned raised £6,500 for this special cause !
The Toby Lloyd Cockbain Foundation Dinner.
26th January 2006
A unique opportunity to acquire one of the most desirable figures we have ever made presented itself on January 26th at the Tower Hotel Swansea in aid of the Toby Lloyd Cockbain Foundation. As Grogg collectors may recall we reserved the 1st Edition of Double Grand Slam figure, featuring Wales' two captains Gareth Thomas and Michael Owen, the very low limit of 151 sold out in only 2 and a half days leaving many Grogg Collectors disappointed.
Kate Cockbain had paitently collected all the Grand Slam teams signatures on this unforgetable piece of rugby memorabilia making it a priceless reminder of Wales' awesome Grand Slam in 2005.
A special set of Jonathan Davies Groggs will be auctioned at the Holland House tomorrow night (08/12) reflecting Jonathans career in rugby union. This set is completely unique and will not be reproduced. We hope it raises a generous amount for a very worthy cause - The Noah's Ark Appeal.
Cardiff Institute for the Blind
A special figure was created for the Cardiff Institute for the Blind’s fund raising dinner at the Marriot on the 28th
of October 2005. As Gareth Edwards is the Patron of the CIB we produced a unique and permanent reminder of the most memorable moment in Gareth’s illustrious career. No-one could forget the 75 yard try Gareth scored against Scotland in 1972, but recreating the mud splattered end result proved a little more difficult. It seemed almost sacrilege to cover Gareth in the famous Arms Park red mud but the end result was so effective that Mr David Pearns paid £1500 for this very singular Grogg!
Showing Gareth Edwards just after scoring his amazing 75 yard try against Scotland in 1972 which Gareth declared as his greatest moment. This is the only Groggshop figure which will be produced with the famous red mud spattered finish - an iconic image in sporting history.
The inscription on the base is the famous quotation from Spike Milligan on witnessing this never to be forgotten and spectacular solo try.
'"They should build a b*****y cathedral on the spot!"
Gareth's Greatest Moment, Wales V Scotland 1972'