Stars help raise cash for hospice

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FAMOUS sports stars helped to rake in thousands of pounds at a charity auction.

Rugby World Cup winner Phil Vickery and former England footballer Gareth Southgate were at Pendley Manor in Tring as £20,000 was raised for Iain Rennie Hospice at Home (IRHH).

The event last Thursday, was organised by IRHH honorary treasurer Chris Langford with support from commentator Peter Drury, who lives in Berkhamsted.

Panelists included Daily Telegraph sports reporter Henry Winter, radio reporter Mark Pugatch and cricketer Niall John O’Brien.

Mr Drury said: “Everybody knows charities are feeling the pinch as much as we all are so it could not be more important.

“Just because people have very little money in their pockets at the moment does not prevent people being very ill and people need looking after.”

The event has raised more than £100,000 since it was first held five years ago.

Find out more about IRHH and what it does at www.irhh.org