posted on 4 September 2012

The Wildcats have presented Wakefield Hospice with a cheque for over £4,000 following the fundraising fixture against Leeds Rhinos in July.

Keeley Harrison, Hospice Events Fundraiser, Frances Wood, Helen Knowles, Director of Fundraising and Wildcats General Manager, Davide Longo.

It was a memorable occasion for a number of reasons, with the Wildcats claiming only a third ever Super League win over the World Champions plus wearing a specially designed kit in the colours of the Hospice to raise awareness of their work in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

All the match worn shirts were auctioned off in the weeks following the game with money from that, ticket sales and other initiatives seeing a cheque for £4,037 being handed over by Wildcats General Manager Davide Longo and local singing star Frances Wood, who got the night off to a fantastic start with her performance on the pitch before the big kick-off.

Wakefield Hospice is committed to providing the highest level of symptom management and care for people who have advanced active, progressive and life threatening illnesses.

The Hospice needs to raise £3.2million each year to be able to continue to provide care and support to patients and their families.

Wildcats General Manager, Davide Longo thanked the Wildcats fans for their support of a fantastic local cause.

“It was a great night and one that raised plenty of money for a cause that has no doubt touched a lot of our supporters and I thank them for giving so generously in a variety of ways to help make the game such a success,” he commented.

“As well as the money raised, the exposure the Hospice gained from the game is something you can’t really put a figure on and we’re very proud as a club to have worked with them on something that was a first for us.”

Helen Knowles, Director of Fundraising at Wakefield Hospice added: “We would like to thank everyone involved for supporting us, including our volunteers who collected money on the night, to the fans for their generosity and of course the club for thinking of the Hospice.

“We very much rely of events like this and the support of the community to help raise funds to help care for patients at Wakefield Hospice.”

Visit the new Wakefield Hospice website by clicking HERE for more on the fantastic work that they do.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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