Rugby club throws weight behind Hartlepool hospice

SUPPORT: Liam Lester from the club and Greg Hildreth from the hospice.

SUPPORT: Liam Lester from the club and Greg Hildreth from the hospice.

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A RUGBY club has announced a new partnership with Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Hartlepool RFC, known to most as Old Boys, has launched a partnership with the charity following a recent meeting with fundraisers at the hospice.

They have been fantastic supporters of our work over the years and it has been exciting to hear about their plans for the year ahead.

Greg Hildreth, hospice fundraiser

It has plans to work alongside the hospice on a number of fundraising projects of their own, as well as supporting existing events.

The club has a long and successful history of supporting the hospice, hosting a number of fun day events and all three of the charity’s It’s a Knockout days, with a fourth planned for this July.

Plans which are currently in development include the club wearing the hospice logo on their playing shirts, turning one of next season’s fixtures into a fundraising day, a comedy night and other projects to be confirmed.

Greg Hildreth, a fundraiser at the hospice said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected by the committee at Old Boys as their official charity.

“They have been fantastic supporters of our work over the years and it has been exciting to hear about their plans for the year ahead.

“I am really looking forward to working with them and wish them every success in their endeavours.”

Liam Lester, a member of the committee at Old Boys, said: “Hartlepool RFC is delighted to have this opportunity to support a great local cause, and we look forward to planning a programme of exciting fundraising events in partnership with the hospice.

“Both organisations are proud to serve the local community and we are enthusiastic about the prospect of helping the Hospice to continue to deliver their unique range of services.”

The hospice, based in Wells Avenue, is a registered charity offering specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults from Hartlepool and East Durham each year.

It costs £2.34m to continue providing the current range of services. The hospice receives 24 per cent NHS funding so the outstanding £1,780,000 must be raised through the local community and other fundraising.