Hemel Hempstead Rugby Club have raised more than £2,000 for The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted by teaming up to run at least 2,500km, to make up for every minute lost playing rugby as a result of COVID-19.
With no match days, it has been a real challenge for the club to keep the club afloat to make sure there is still a rugby club for players to return to once the restrictions have eased.
The fundraiser has already raised more than £8,000, and 25 per cent of the final total will be donated to Berkhamsted’s The Hospice of St Francis, who themselves have been severely hit by the pandemic.
On their fundraising page, they say: “By our calculations, the senior players have missed approximately 2,500 minutes of rugby since March 2020. The senior squad is teaming up to run at least 1km for every minute of rugby missed from now until the end of March.
“That’s just one month for a bunch of lads who hate running without a rugby ball to collectively run 2,500km. Anyone associated with the club can get involved from the under 6s, right through to the Vets, including parents and volunteers alike. Alone we can make an impact but together as a club, we can make a real difference.
“The Hospice of St Francis does incredible work within Hemel Hempstead and the surrounding area. Their funding has been severely hit by the pandemic at a time when some people need them more than ever, so as a club we wanted to give something back to such a wonderful organisation.”
Every player that is taking part will be donating to the cause, and after the massive amount of support they received so quickly, the organisers revealed that they were doubling their target from £5,000 to £10,000, which would see £2,500 donated to the hospice.