Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club has donated a fantastic £1,700 to St Catherine’s Hospice following a charity golf day, in celebration of the club’s 150th anniversary.
Thirty teams competed in the three times Covid-postponed ‘Hoppers Charity Golf Event’ at Ashton and Lea Golf Club, which also raised funds for Alive and Kicking and The Alzheimer’s Society.
One of the organisers, Keith Aitchison, said: “The event was originally scheduled at the end of our 2019-20 rugby season. Founded in 1869, Hoppers is one of the oldest rugby clubs in England and the charity golf day was the final event of the rugby club’s celebration of its 150th year anniversary as Preston’s major community rugby club.
“Because of the Covid pandemic, as with so many things, we had to reschedule the event three times before finally having the great day we had on 9th July. We were extremely grateful for the help, cooperation and flexibility of the Ashton and Lea Golf Club in enabling all the changes to make the event such a success. In total we were able to donate £4,150 across the three charities.”
Community Engagement Officer at St Catherine’s Hospice, Emily Bate, said: “We’re delighted that this celebration event was finally able to go ahead, and we’re so grateful to everyone involved in persevering with organising it and helping to raise much-needed funds for us and other local charities whose income have been affected by the pandemic.
“It sounds like everyone had a great day, and I’d like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for this generous donation which will make a real difference to those we care for at the hospice and in the community.”
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