Wasps fans raise funds for Zoë’s Place

Date: 15 Jul 2019

A group of dedicated Wasps fans from a Gloucestershire village have banded together to raise £1,000 for a Coventry children’s hospice for the third year in a row.

More than 40 fans from the small village of Mickleton raised the money for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, which provides palliative care for young children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

And three members of the group, Barry Cubitt, Dawn Cubitt and Robert Slatter, visited the hospice along with Wasps star Nizaam Carr to present a cheque to staff there.

Known as ‘The Village People’, the group raised the money gradually over the year by laying on minibuses from the Kings Arms Inn in Mickleton to Ricoh Arena, as well as to away games.

If the journey costs £4 per head, the group charges £5, and the £1 difference is put into a charity pot which gets bigger and bigger the more games the group attends.

Barry Cubitt said: “It’s such a simple way of raising money for charity – we just round the price of the journey up to a nice number and set the difference aside.

“Our group is very happy to pay a little bit extra because they know it’s going to such a worthwhile cause such as Zoë’s Place.

“The nice thing about our group is that it is not just about going to watch Wasps, it’s about developing a strong sense of community spirit. We’re only a small village, but Wasps moving to Coventry when they did gave us a reason to get together.

“There were only four of us who went to the first game, but now we’ve grown to more than 40 members. One of us even travels to home games from Spain.

“And when there’s more members of the Village People, there’s more money for us to give to charities like Zoë’s Place.”

Chris Ward, Fundraising Manager at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, was delighted the Village People were continuing to support the hospice with donations.

He said: “We rely on donations to run the hospice, so we’re so grateful to the village of Mickleton for all they’ve done for us.

“A donation of £1,000 really goes a long way. For example, this money could go towards 20 hours of nursing care, or ten music therapy sessions for the children staying here.

“It also gives parents a bit of breathing space and allows them to spend time with each other or their other children.

“We hope the Village People carry on supporting Wasps and raising money for Zoë’s Place along the way.”