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Worthing Rugby Club are hosting an exciting firewalk on Saturday 17 March as part of their St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
The event, which anyone can take part in as long as they are aged 10 or over on the day of the event, will be raising sponsorship for Worthing-based hospice St Barnabas House and the Worthing RFC Minis Tour.
It costs just £20 to register to take part in the firewalk with participants encouraged to raise a minimum sponsorship of £100.
Patrick Hooper, Worthing RFC Minis Tour Manager, said: “The firewalk is part of our St Patrick’s Day extravaganza. We’re going to have an outside marquee bar with a projector at one end to watch the Six Nations from 2pm onwards.
“At the other end of the marquee we’re going to have all sorts of Irish craft, food and music throughout the day. The firewalk will take place at 6:30pm and afterwards the band will come on and we will rock the night away!”
Firewalk participants can choose to raise sponsorship for either St Barnabas House or the Worthing RFC Minis Tour.
St Barnabas House is the local adults’ hospice, providing specialist palliative care for people with life-limiting illnesses, both at the hospice and in the local community.
Wendy Bardsley, Community Fundraising Manager at St Barnabas House, said: “To provide all of our care services every year it costs £6.1 million and we only receive a small percentage of that through statutory funding.
“When we were approached by Worthing Rugby Club about this event we saw it as a really good opportunity to form a partnership with a sports team which plays an important role in our local community.
“It’s going to be a really exciting event. Anyone can take part in the firewalk. The £20 registration fee will cover the cost of the event with any sponsorship money raised on top of that going directly to either St Barnabas House or the RFC Minis Tour.”
Patrick added: “From the rugby club’s point of view it’s a chance to make the annual Under-7s to Under-11s Tour at the club as inclusive as possible to allow some of the kids who would most benefit from a rugby trip away to take part.
“I’m keen to move the image of Rugby Union away from being an elite sport to being a good way for kids to get fit and learn valuable lessons that will transfer to the rest of their life.
“Some of the young people at the club are in care and the only regular input from a strong adult figure can be rugby.
“Promotion of health and care for all sections of society brought me onto my favourite local charity, St Barnabas House, which is close to the club.”
You can register to take part in the firewalk for either St Barnabas House or Worthing RFC Minis Tour at www.stbh.org.uk/fire-walk