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Barking Rugby Club is on the ball
Sport isn't just a game, it teaches people valuable life skills and this year Barking Rugby Club is raising the bar for their local hospice.
The club nominated the Hospice as its Charity of the Year and plans to organise a variety of events to raise funds and awareness of its specialist care and support services we provide to people living in Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Havering and Brentwood.
"We are happy to do anything we can for the hospice," said Club Secretary, Neil Kersey, whose wife Josie is a nurse on the inpatient unit.
"There are so many people in the borough who have been helped by the hospice and they only have great things to say about the charity.
"My father-in-law was cared for by the hospice so my family has also experienced the great care and support it provides."
The club will hold two charity matches which have yet to be announced, along with a variety of other events.
Working with the community isn't something new to the club, which set up a coaching programme seven years ago to help disadvantaged young people by educating them to get fitter and eat healthier through sport.
Coaches also give up their time to go into schools across Barking and support children who are struggling with literacy.
Michelle Gower, Community Fundraising Manager at the hospice, said, "We are absolutely delighted Barking Rugby Club has chosen the Hospice as its Charity of the Year!
"When people affected by life-limiting illness are referred to the hospice, they are not charged.
"But it costs £21,000 a day to provide our specialist care and support services and it is only thanks to the generosity and compassion of our incredible supporters that we are able to be there for patients and their families when they need us the most."