Walsall’s finest rugby players will scrum down for St Giles Hospice Walsall this season after the town’s club picked up the ball to become a charity champion for the charity.

Players and supporters at Walsall RFC are vowing to raise much-needed funds and kick the hospice’s profile high over the bar in 2018 after adopting it as their chosen charity and making St Giles the first charity ever to appear alongside sponsor logos on players’ kits.

Ian Bradshaw, Chair of Sponsors at Walsall RFC, said: “We are absolutely delighted to link up with St Giles Hospice and are really proud to be doing our bit to help such a fantastic cause.

“Walsall RFC are a club that’s really well established in the local community and as a result we all know the brilliant work that St Giles does for people across the area.”

Ian said that many people at the club had experienced at first hand the care offered by St Giles to relatives and friends whose illness may not be curable and the ongoing support the hospice had offered to their families.

“We have all seen how they work to ease suffering and grief for local people and everybody was really enthusiastic to help,” added Ian.

“We’ve held a charity match for St Giles for the last four or five years but we really wanted to do more to give them a public platform and want to offer our support to them for as long as they need it.”

The club held a charity day for St Giles Hospice on Saturday 3rd February for their big 1st XV clash against Newcastle (Staffs). Walsall RFC will also be supporting the charity’s events, hosting St Giles collecting tins at the clubhouse in Delves Road, Walsall, and offering St Giles the use of their facilities to host bucket collections and offer further help with fundraising.

Joanne Barlow, Community Fundraiser for St Giles Hospice, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to be working with our local rugby club and it’s a real honour to know that we have Walsall RFC’s players and supporters behind us in all that we do.

“The work of our dedicated care teams never ends and we really appreciate the club’s ongoing support to make sure that this vital service to the community continues.”