Tigers to take on 3 Peaks Challenge
Posted: Thursday 14th November 2019 - 7:00 PM
Castleford Tigers will look to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for The Prince of Wales Hospice.
The entire First Team squad and coaching staff will face the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough with the aim of completing the challenge under 12 hours on Saturday, 30th November 2019 as they come together to raise funds for club’s official charity partner The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefact.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019, the hospice offers care for patients in the local area with life-limiting illnesses and relies on raising over £5,000 each day to continue operating. All care is provided free of charge and is entirely based on need, although only around 25 per cent of the cost is covered by the NHS. This leaves The Prince of Wales Hospice needing to raise around £3 million per year through its shops, fundraising events, donations and community initiatives to continue operating. Out of every £1 raised, 87p is spent directly on patient care.
Castleford Tigers Director of Rugby Jon Wells said “This is a great opportunity first and foremost to help raise much needed funds for our chosen charity for the last few seasons, the Prince of Wales Hospice. The Tigers squad past and present have been fortunate enough to see first-hand in our partnership over the years just what fantastic work the Hospice do, and we are proud to be able to contribute in a different way at the end of the month.
“It will be a decent test for the boys, and we see this as very much part of our obligation to the community and surrounding area. We’re all looking forward to it and we hope the Tigers family will step up too in sponsoring the boys to raise as much money as possible.”
Head Coach of the First Team Daryl Powell commented on the task at hand saying: “We are really looking forward to what is both a great challenge and the opportunity to contribute to a hugely important charity. The Three Peaks is a test that will enhance our durability and mental toughness and the fundraising is a challenge that will help us connect even better with our community. We have set ourselves a great target and I am confident our fans and indeed all our community will support us in this worthy effort from all of our players and coaches.”
Tracey Mearns from The Prince of Wales Hospice wished the team good luck in the challenge and said: “We’ve had a fantastic year working with the club so far and raised over £7,000 through various activities to support patient care, The Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge will be a perfect end to a very successful year and we wish all those taking part the very best of luck. Huge thanks to the club, players, staff and their supporters again this year for all they have done, and we look forward to working with them during the 2020 season.”
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