£100k hospice campaign gets Gazette’s help

THE Gazette has helped promote a pledge by Saracens to make £100,000 for charity.

The rugby club says it will raise the cash for Northchurch-based The Hospice of St Francis during their next season.

27/8/2011'Claire D'Silva, left, and Fran Martin of the Hospice of St.Francis, Berkhmasted, were lifted shoulder high on Tursday by Saracens players, from left, Luke Baldwin, Sam Stanley, Petrus Du Plessis and Deon Carstens

27/8/2011'Claire D'Silva, left, and Fran Martin of the Hospice of St.Francis, Berkhmasted, were lifted shoulder high on Tursday by Saracens players, from left, Luke Baldwin, Sam Stanley, Petrus Du Plessis and Deon Carstens

It launched the campaign two weeks ago with the help of a video made by the Gazette’s Natalee Hazelwood.

The video will be played at the club’s matches – including at Wembley Stadium when Saracens plays there – and was shown by sports channel ESPN on Saturday.

The players and coaches pledged to raise funds for the hospice after fullback Chris Wyles’ mother was cared for by the good cause earlier this year.

Their first fundraising challenge is to plunge 100ft from the Dixon’s building in Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead.

Claire de Silva, spokesperson for the Hospice of St Francis said: “We’ve been speaking to the boys and some of them are a little fearful of heights so they’ll need lots of support on the day.

“We really need people to come and join them in taking the plunge. The hospice cares for very sick people and supports their famillies and does this all for free, so we really need your help.”

The challenge – open to all – is on Sunday, September 25.

For more information or to sign up, phone 01442 869555 or email fundraising@stfrancis.org.uk

> To see Natalee Hazelwood’s launch video for the £100,000 Saracens pledge, visit www.berkhamstedtoday.co.uk