A VITAL town charity is almost £1,000 better off thanks to the kind players and supporters of two local rugby teams.
The annual Boxing Day match between Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club and West Hartlepool Rugby Club had a charity twist last month, as previously reported in the Mail.
Hartlepool & District Hospice’s volunteers were invited along to collect much-needed funds for the facility with collections at the gate.
And while supporters went along to the ground, in West View Road, to enjoy a cracking game of rugby – with both sides battling it out for the bragging rights – they also dug deep in their pockets to show their support for the Wells Avenue-based hospice.
Bucket collections on the day raised £482 and the hospice then received a further boost when the generous Rovers’ committee donated a further £500 from the takings at the turnstiles.
It wasn’t a great day for Rovers on the field, however, when they slumped to a 15-0 defeat to their rivals.
But regardless of the result, hospice staff were delighted with the amount raised for the charity on the day and thanked both clubs.
Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice, said: “On behalf of the staff and patients at the hospice, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our bucket collections which raised a fantastic £482.
“I would also like to thank the committee for donating an additional £500 from the gate takings.
“It was a fantastic opportunity for us to raise much-needed funds for our hospice.
“We are extremely grateful to Rovers for inviting us along, and all of the money raised will be used to fund our specialist patient care services.”
Tony Cooper, secretary for Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club, added: “Hartlepool & District Hospice does amazing work for our community and anyone who has experience of what the hospice has to offer will tell you that they helped immeasurably.”
The hospice is always on the lookout for individuals, businesses and clubs to support the charity.
To find out more about fundraising for the hospice call (01429) 855555.