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AGRAND ef­fort from around 50 rugby en­thu­si­asts saw East Cheshire Hospice ben­e­fit from the in­au­gu­ral Christ­mas char­ity match.

Pri­ory Park hosted the match just be­fore Christ­mas, in which a team of for­mer pupils from King’s School took on a Mac­cles­field se­nior XV.

The ex-stu­dents came out on top 34-21 but the four-fig­ure sum raised meant all in­volved were win­ners.

“We started to think about set­ting this game up in Novem­ber,” said lead­ing or­gan­iser Paul Bar­tle, first XV coach at the school.

“It’s a wor­thy cause that’s sup­ported by our spon­sors Thor­n­ey­croft Solic­i­tors and we were pleased to lend our back­ing to the hospice. We knew a lot of lads would be back from univer­sity.

“A lot of old friends went up against each other, es­pe­cially as some of the Macc Old Boys team were for­mer King’s lads

“Although it was a fairly dire evening plenty of peo­ple turned out to support and there was some qual­ity rugby on show, played in an ex­el­lent spirit. As well as the 50 or so play­ers there were around 250 peo­ple packed into the stand and peo­ple were very gen­er­ous with the fundrais­ing be­fore a lot headed into town to get their Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions go­ing.”

The suc­cess of the event means that the club will look at host­ing a preChrist­mas char­ity match each year in the fu­ture.

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