Wasps to support Zoe’s Place at Bristol game

Date: 16 Nov 2018

Wasps are backing a fundraising drive to kit out a new building that is helping Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice to bring all of its key services on to a single site.

The Ash Green-based hospice – which provides end-of-life care to babies and young children as well as support for their families – is in need of funding to furnish their new eight metres by four metres building, known as ‘The Hive’, in time for its grand opening on Thursday 6 December.

To help raise funds, Zoë’s Place volunteers will be in the Wasps Nest Fan Village at Ricoh Arena on Saturday 24 November before Wasps’ Gallagher Premiership match against Bristol Bears (kick-off 1pm).

The hospice has also been invited by Wasps to raise funds at their Gallagher Premiership clash against Bath on Sunday 23 December (kick-off 3pm).

The new space is in need of a projector and whiteboard, as well as kitchen accessories, chairs and tables, and soft furnishings such as bean bags and cushions.

It will all go towards helping Zoë’s Place to bring their counselling services on site, host more coffee mornings, siblings support and provide space for play-and-stay for poorly children and their families.

“This building will be a hive of activity all year round, which is where the name came from for the building,” revealed Muna Chauhan, Corporate Manager at Zoë’s Place.

“It will play a crucial role in helping poorly children and their families to have a degree of normality during some of their darkest days.

“We have had to use nearby locations such as hotels to deliver our vital counselling sessions to families but this new building means we can now bring this on site.

“The space also means we now have the ability to create a private environment in ‘The Hive’ for families who want to have movie nights with their little ones, just like they would have in their own home.

“We’re extremely grateful to everybody who has rallied round to make the construction of ‘The Hive’ a reality, ensuring that we can deliver more services on-site for future families.”

Wasps’ support comes off the back of the Club’s Chairman Derek Richardson and celebrity chef and Wasps supporter Gregg Wallace visiting the hospice last September.

Verity Brown, Match Day Marketing Manager at Wasps, added: “A lot of the Club’s staff and players have seen the hospice first hand and what great work they do – you just can’t walk out of there not wanting to help in some way, which is why we are doing all we can as a Club to help raise awareness of their cause.

“They are totally reliant on donations from the public year in, year out to provide vital services to families in need, so we’d urge our supporters to spare five minutes on match day to pop into the Fan Village and give what they can.”

Tickets to Wasps’ Gallagher Premiership clash with Bristol Bears are available by clicking here, starting from £17 for adults, while under-10s go free in selected areas.