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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