Wasps players have visited a Nuneaton hospice to find out more about the life-changing work that its staff and volunteers deliver on a daily basis.
Hooker Gabriel Oghre and tighthead-prop Jack Owlett took time out from training ahead of their upcoming Ricoh Arena clash against Saracens to visit the patients, staff and volunteers at Mary Ann Evans Hospice.
The hospice, based on the site of George Eliot Hospital, provides free care and support to patients from across Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire with life-limiting illnesses, while also supporting their families.
It relies heavily on donations to enable it to provide services including a day hospice, hospice-at-home team, rapid response team, lymphoedema clinic, family support services and complimentary therapy.
Wasps’ Oghre said: “It was incredible to visit the hospice and meet everyone there.
“It is a fantastic facility which provides a huge amount of support to those with life-limiting illnesses, but sadly has to rely on donations to operate.
“We were really interested to hear more about the hospice’s fundraising calendar of events, which encourages people to do everything from run a marathon to climb a mountain.
“If there was ever a reason for people to take on a fitness challenge, then raising funds for Mary Ann Evans Hospice is it!”
Carly Roberts of Mary Ann Evans Hospice, added: “The visit from Gaby and Jack really was uplifting to all the patients, staff and volunteers.
“Ongoing support from Wasps really does help raise awareness of all the fantastic services we have available to patients living with a life-limiting illness, whilst also supporting their families.”
Further information about fundraisers being held in aid of the hospice is available at www.maryannevans.org.uk
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