Past Fundraising Events

2017 Sportsman’s Dinner – Best Yet!

Standing ovation at RTS Sportsman’s Dinner

On October 13th over 130 people attended the 12th RTS Sportsman’s Dinner once again held at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds, home of the Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket Club.  As most of you will know, the Dinner has been a regular feature of our fundraising event calendar.  Always a successful and enjoyable evening, this year was no exception. The Dinner (as well as the RTS Golf Day) has been organised for the 12 years by our very own John Peat. John is our RTS Ambassador and Fundraiser.

Following a super 3-course dinner, Malcolm Lord, well known after dinner speaker and MC took to the floor to make sure the evening was a true Sportsman’s Dinner!  The comedian kept the laughs coming, the alcohol flowed and everyone supported the auction of sports memorabilia and raffle.  Big thank you to everyone that donated prizes and auction goods.  The evening was a roaring success and was quoted as being “the best ever”. 

During the evening, a true supporter of the RTS Support Group, Rob Burrow, announced that he was auctioning his signed rugby boots on Ebay (those that he wore for his final professional game). After 492 games and 8 grand finals Rob has retired as a player, although not retired from the sports arena. See his interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post below. That very kind gesture has added another £760 to our funds and we are very grateful to Rob, not only for this but for his never-ending support of the RTS Support Group and John and his family. 

However, at the end of the evening John announced that he was standing down from organising the fundraising events due to personal reasons and this would be the final Sportsman’s Dinner.  He was given a very well deserved standing ovation and was overwhelmed by the support.  He asked those in attendance whether they wanted it to continue and in John’s words; ‘I was blown away by the offers of support in the room on announcing my ‘retirement’ and people were determined that this event should and would continue in its current format but with others taking on the organization.’  So the Sportsman’s Dinner continues and we would like to thank those taking over the organisation of the evening.  We are also pleased to say that John will remain in the background helping with the details.

As well as a huge thank you to John for all his work putting on the RTS events over the years, we would also like to thank those that have been firm supporters; local businesses, friends and family.  Over the 12 years, the Sportsman’s Dinner has raised in the region of £50,000 which has helped the RTS Support Group to continually provide support our member families. 



Fun and Games at the December 2017 Family Day

2nd December 2017 Family Day 

The RTS Family Day was held on Saturday, 2nd December 2017 at Letchworth Hall Hotel.  We were delighted to welcome new families who were quickly put at ease.  Attending your first event is usually difficult.  As a family you have no idea what to expect.  But as our families will tell you, once you have been to one event you will not be nervous again.  We are all just one big family and from the moment you walk through the door you will be welcomed into the group. 

We once again ran a creche and have found this to be a real winner.  It gives families the chance to relax and enjoy the seminars and/or just mix and mingle with other families.  


Dr Elizabeth Halstead PhD FHEA MBPsS gave a presentation on the issue of Challenging Behaviour.  View the presentation here  Challenging Behaviour RTS (1)

Once again our Celebration of Achievement was an emotional session.   Each small step is a large stride with our RTS individuals.  We listened to amazing stories, just proving how wonderful they all are.  We recognised the siblings too – they give so much and we are so proud of all of them.  

After a super lunch, the games began.   Families were put into teams and you had to Catch the Rat; Mousehole Golf; Table Football; Milk the Cow.  Have to say it was hilarious.  Everyone had a great time.  


And then it was the time everyone was waiting for …..  SANTA was due to arrive.  We were all watching out of the window and then we saw him.  But he was walking the wrong way.  We nearly lifted the roof off the hotel with all our shouting …. “Over here Santa, we are here Santa, come back Santa”.  At last, he heard us, turned and gave a big belly laugh.   The presents were given out and photos taken.  

And then time to make our weary way home.  

What a great day!    Some photos of the day here for you to enjoy.







July Family Day

July 15th Family Day 

The RTS Family Day was held on Saturday, 15th July at Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport.  We were delighted to welcome families to the event.   The day was jam packed and everyone was ready for our full programme.

The programme consisted of speakers, research, Celebration of Achievement and RTS Has Talent, tombola, raffle but one of the most important reasons for our families to attend was talking to each other.  Our events are all about families supporting one another and giving them the opportunity to talk openly about their issues – family to family support.

Thanks has to go to:

Dr Jane Waite, Research Fellow & Clinical Psychologist, Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders School of Psychology, University of Birmingham and team

Gavin Prideaux-Williams from GPW Trusts

David Williams from Cerebra

Sheri Riccardi, Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program, University of Colorado School of Medicine


Another session which will be part of every event is our Celebration of Achievement.  Every small step our RTS individuals make is a major achievement and we want to celebrate this.  Those attending were asked to send in snippets showing the great things being achieved.  This session was a real tear jerker – presenting was so hard but so wonderful – the tissues were flowing.  Can’t wait for the next event and more achievements. 

And last but not least our favourite, RTS Has Talent.  Our acts were so good and everyone said that this was just the best.  At the beginning we only had a couple of entries, but in the end we had a tremendous show.  Thank you to everyone that took part. 


RTS Sportsman’s Dinner 2016


The Sportsman’s Dinner was held on the evening of 14 October at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, home of the Leeds Rhinos. The event was well supported with around 150 attending.  Once again it was an evening of laughter, good food and great company.  The MC kept everyone in check, well as much as he could, and the speaker had the audience in stitches.   

Details of the RTS 2017 event will be published once finalised.