WASPS’ players Joe Simpson and Alapati Leiua took a break from training ahead of their crunch clash against Northampton this weekend to visit the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.
This Sunday’s game will see a contribution from each match ticket sold donated to Marie Curie which currently cares for 40,000 people living in the UK with a terminal illness and their loved ones.
Both players were taken on a tour of the hospice and chatted to day care patients to understand first-hand how the money raised at The Stinger match will help patients and their families.
Jo Stradling, divisional general manager for the Midlands at Marie Curie, said: “All the staff and patients had a fantastic day at the hospice meeting Wasps’ players.
“I know everyone at Marie Curie is really looking forward to The Stinger match against Northampton Saints this Sunday.
“It’s partnerships like this that enable us to continue our work so I’d like to thank Wasps’ for their continued support.”
David Armstrong, group chief executive officer of Wasps and Nick Eastwood, deputy chairman of Wasps, also joined the tour to see how the hospice makes a difference to peoples’ lives.
David Armstrong said: “We are proud to be supporting Marie Curie in a variety of fundraising activities which are all designed to raise awareness of the great work the charity does supporting people with terminal illnesses.
“The visit to the Marie Curie Hospice really brought home the incredible work the nurses and volunteers do to help people when they need it the most.
“The match against Northampton Saints is going to be a monumental occasion with thousands of fans.
“We thought it would be a good idea to use this game to help a national charity that does great work in our local area.”
To make a donation to the Marie Curie charity, visit JustGiving at www.justgiving.com/thestinger
Tickets for Wasps v Northampton Saints are available from £15 for adults and can be purchased by ringing 02476 786411.
A contribution from each match ticket sold will be made to Marie Curie.