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22nd April 2015

 Liberation Group organises unique day for heroes

The Liberation Group has organised a unique day out for injured service personnel at Bath Rugby, as part of its long-standing association with Holidays for Heroes Jersey (H4HJ).

A party of 15 was yesterday treated to a visit to Bath Rugby’s outstanding training facility at Farleigh House, where they were able to see the Aviva Premiership side preparing for their home clash with London Irish this Friday.

Liberation Group is shirt sponsor of Jerseyman Matt Banahan, the Bath winger who is enjoying a terrific season with the club. Banahan was instrumental in making Monday’s visit to Farleigh House possible as he is also an ambassador for H4HJ.

As well as the tour of the Bath training centre, the ‘heroes’ and their supporters were treated to lunch at The Mill in nearby Rode, which is part of Butcombe Brewery’s managed pubs estate. Butcombe Brewery was acquired by the Liberation Group in January.

Mark Crowther, Chief Executive of Liberation Group said ‘We are big supporters of H4HJ and we saw an opportunity to create a special event for some of the service personnel they work with in the UK, particularly the Hasler Company, Royal Marines, and to raise awareness of the amazing work H4HJ do by providing holidays for injured service personnel in Jersey. Matt Banahan is a fantastic ambassador for H4HJ and we are very grateful to him, and to Bath Rugby, for making this happen.’

Richard Woodhouse of H4HJ said ‘Liberation Group has consistently supported our work on Island but this is the first time we have been able to call on their resources to organise something for our ‘heroes’ in the UK. The day was a huge success and one that will remain in the memories of those who went along for some time to come.’ Ends

For more information contact:
Allan Watts
T: 01534 888994 M: 07797 734735 E:

Notes to Editors

The Liberation Group, the award winning pubs, eateries and drinks business in the Channel Islands, was formed in 2008 following a management buyout. The Company has established itself as the leading pub and drinks business in the Channel Islands, with 75 predominantly freehold pubs, the Liberation Brewery and two retail and wholesale drinks supply businesses. The Group also incorporates Butcombe Brewery, the leading brewer and pub operator in Somerset, Bristol, Bath, the Mendips and the Cotswolds, with 19 managed pubs and the multi-award winning Butcombe Brewery.

Since it was founded in 2008, H4HJ has provided holidays for more than 1,600 injured service personnel and their families. For more information visit

Hasler Company, Royal Marines
Hasler Company is a Royal Marine unit specifically designed to help aid the recovery, rehabilitation and re-integration of injured service personnel from all three services needing focused and individual attention, based at the Naval Service Recovery at HMS Drake, Plymouth, which consists of two purpose-built facilities, offering the very best recovery atmosphere.

Help for Heroes (UK) developed and lead the rehabilitation facilities at HMS Drake to provide serving and veteran members of all three services with a state-of-the-art environment for their recovery.