Thousands of pounds have been raised for a ground-breaking charity at a recent rugby dinner, hosted by England legend Steve Thompson MBE, which was staged at The Old Crown Coaching Inn, Faringdon, Oxfordshire.

Guests at the exclusive event, held at the family run historic hotel, enjoyed fine dining and an evening with the sporting star, with money from each ticket sold being donated to the HeadOn Foundation, the charity founded by Steve Thompson.

Almost £4,000 was raised for the charity following the event where award-winning author and former hooker from England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning team Steve was the guest speaker.

At the charity dinner Steve shared his inspirational story with guests including insights into the journey of becoming a world-class athlete and his personal challenges, including his fight against early-onset dementia. The sporting legend also talked about his ongoing efforts to help promote safety in the game for future generations.

The hotel’s renowned head chef Samuel Squires, who specialises in fine dining using locally sourced ingredients, created a lavish six course menu for guests attending the intimate event.

Steve Thompson said: “It was an excellent event and I am thrilled that so much money has been raised for the HeadOn Foundation.”

Hotel Manager Sebastiaan Evans said: “It was a privilege for the Old Crown Coaching Inn to be able to host this prestigious dinner and welcome Steve Thompson are our guest of honour.

“The evening was a fantastic success and we are delighted it has helped to raise so much money for such an important charity.  All the guests had a wonderful evening and enjoyed the fabulous fine-dining experience Samual and our team were able to provide for this very special occasion.”

Guests at the exclusive event enjoyed an exquisite fine dining experience in the hotel’s elegant Ballroom where they dined on decadent dishes including lobster, venison loin, black treacle chicken and delicious desserts.