• Hannah Armitage

Charity Rugby Match in aid of Willen Hospice...


On Saturday April 15th I attended the charity rugby match and family fun day in aid of Willen Hospice. The event took place at Bletchley rugby club and was organised by Debbie Woulds and family. Her brother Craig came on Mum's Life radio show a few weeks back to promote the event..

I attended the event with my son Jack and the sun was shining!

Debbie and family have recently suffered a devastating loss last year. Her aunt had terminal cancer and in October 2016 she was rushed to hospital because she was not eating. She spent 4 weeks in MK General. There were lots of discussions but no more treatment was available; she was placed at Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes for end of life care.

Debbie described the care her aunt received at Willen Hospice was fantastic. The staff could not do enough for the whole family and ensured her aunt was comfortable and well looked after.

Recognising the hard work that everyone at Willen do day in day out Debbie wanted to help and approached them about fundraising. One day after the conversation about fundraising Debbie’s aunt sadly passed away. Debbie told me that her and her family knew it was coming but not that soon. The Willen Hospice staff again excelled in their care for the family and made a horrible experience abit easier to accept.

Debbie has done previous fundraising events but this was personal to her and she wanted to do something big so she decided to do a whole year of fundraising all in aid of Willen Hospice.

Debbie's plan was to do a charity run every month for a year. She started with Willen Hospice Santa Dash in December 2016, in January she done a dryathon for the whole month and didn't drink any alcohol.

She completed a virtual run in February; in April she completed an Easter mud run and of course had the family fun day that I attended. She has also since completed tough mudder which is 10 miles of running and obstacles, in lots of mud!

Now lets get back to talking about the charity rugby match and family fun day!

Debbie works at Milton Keynes rugby club as a sports therapist and knew the last game of the season was going a good event to run the charity day around. The Milton Keynes and Bletchley first team played their final game but there was also a charity game with the seconds teams that will place before with them dressed as fairies and princesses'. It really was a funny sight watching these big lads run around in tutu's and wigs.

There was plenty of entertainment for kids with lots playing in a spare field and others on the bouncy castle. The adults could enjoy the rugby; sun and a beer with a small bar being placed right next to the rugby field and a BBQ with a wide selection of food. The best part was obviously lots of rugby players about in their short shorts. I even managed to get a picture with the teams.

Jack and myself had a great afternoon, very well organised and in aid of a great cause.

On the day there was a bake sale, raffle, and BBQ to raise money for Willen Hospice. Debbie's expectations of the event were exceeded. The turnout was great and she managed to raise and amazing £1118.77.

Fundraising started back in December and has so far Debbie has raised a whopping £1493.77!!! Debbie still has lots more planned for this year to keep the fundraising going. In June the color run and race for life and a lot more planned for the months following.

Debbie is doing all this fundraising while working and completing her degree which is due to finish in June. The family fun day was a massive success and great day out, I look forward to following Debbie and how she gets on with the rest of her fundraising activists throughout 2017.

Debbie is doing all this fundraising while working and completing her degree which is due to finish in June. The family fun day was a massive success and great day out, I look forward to following Debbie and how she gets on with the rest of her fundraising activists throughout 2017. Picture above is me, Debbie and im not quite sure who the gentleman is but he looks happy and like he had a good day :)

To help support Debbie if you could spare any money at all please head over to her just giving page.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/displaySomeoneSpecialPage.action?pageUrl=teamthompson

Lots of Love

Hannah


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