In 2009, our founder Lawrence Dallaglio formed the ‘Dallaglio Foundation’ following the death of his beloved mother from cancer in 2008.
Lawrence felt this was the right time, after retiring from professional rugby in 2008, to combine his passion for giving back to people and galvanising them to make a difference. Eileen, Lawrence’s mother was the inspiration behind the Foundation, instilled in Lawrence an unshakeable determination and belief to achieve no matter what circumstances you faced in life. The Dallaglio Foundation’s first major event was 8 Rocks in November 2009 which raised and incredible £605,000 for Cancer Research UK‘s Clinical Fellowship programme.
The following year, Lawrence launched the ‘Dallaglio Cycle Slam’ where he cycled from Rome to Edinburgh, taking in all the Six Nations stadiums along the way and covering a distance of 2,800km. With the help of 250 support cyclists and his celebrity friends, Lawrence’s effort raised an amazing £1.14million, which was split between Sport Relief and the Dallaglio Foundation.