Under-19s volunteer at Hospice

Posted: Tuesday 20th August 2019 - 1:43 PM

The hospice is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019 with the introduction of a brand-new voluntary programme for the club’s youth academy.

Starting last December, it’s seen each member of the under-19s squad give up their time to help support the Hospice and its staff with various tasks, completing an incredible 150 volunteering hours between them.

Working on various projects and campaigns throughout the Hospice and the community, the players have also raised over £700 through the sale of car mats and have all been actively selling raffle tickets for the chance to win a Fiat 500 as part of the Hospice’s 30th birthday anniversary car raffle.

Projects have included taking down Christmas decorations, sorting donated stock in our retail shops, gardening, helping prepare for Hospice events over the past few months and most recently the refurbishment of the Kippax retail shop.

Tracey Mearns, Partnerships Co-ordinator at the Hospice, said: “It’s been a really successful project so far working with the players from the academy, they have all been committed and have done a fantastic job supporting the various projects we have involved them in, even raising money to support patient care, we look forward to continuing our partnership with them all.”

Speaking on why the academy chose to work with the Hospice, Director of Rugby Jon Wells said: “We’re committed to having good people at this club as well as good players.

“We started the new academy volunteer programme with The Prince of Wales Hospice because we don’t just want our young players to be able to catch, pass, tackle and run, we want them to be well rounded, humble individuals as well.

“The programme has been designed to ensure they break into the first team at the age of 18, 19 and 20 with their eyes open and with a really balanced view on life as a professional athlete.”

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