RugBy CluB Con­vErts ChAr­ity Ap­pEAl

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Special Report - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Peter­bor­ough Rugby Club came to the aid of city char­ity to en­sure their ap­peal for money to pay for a de­fib­ril­la­tor was con­verted into suc­cess. Lit­tle Mir­a­cles need­ed­toraise £3,000 to buy the po­ten­tially life sav­ing equip­ment­fortheir base in The Spin­ney Cen­tre in Hartwell Way, Raven­sthorpe. The group sup­ports fam­i­lies with dis­abled chil­dren, ad­di­tional needs and life lim­it­ing con­di­tions.

They set up a crowd­fund­ing web­site to raise the cash - but had to raise all the £3,000 by 10am on Wednes­day, Septem­ber 7, or they would not re­ceive apen­ny­ofthe­p­ledges.

On Fri­day morn­ing they had raised £1,800 of the money - and while more money was pledged over the week­end, they were still sev­eral hun­dred pounds short of the money needed.

But Peter­bor­ough Rugby Club, who have cho­sen the groupas­their char­ity part­ner this year, steppe­d­i­nand­made sure the tar­get would be hit.

Vicechair­manArchieBen­nett said: “Lit­tle Mir­a­cles is our adopted char­ity this year.

“Weraised­money­forthem at a char­ity shirt day ear­lier this year, and­had­not­p­re­sented them with the money yet. Weareputtingth­e­money­into the de­fib­ril­la­tor cam­paign to make sure they reached their tar­get.”

Michelle King, who­helped set up the char­ity, said: “It is amaz­ing to have this money.

“A cou­ple of weeks be­fore the sum­mer hol­i­days, we had tore­sus­ci­tateathree-year-old. Hav­ing the safety net of the de­fib­ril­la­tor will be such a big help. We have had more than 125 in­di­vid­u­als do­nate, and the­p­ro­jec­thas­been­share­don so­cial me­di­a­so­many­times. It is amaz­ing.”

The­money­will­no­tonlybe used to buy the ma­chine, but also pro­vide train­ing for peo­ple to use it. Michelle said the kit would­be­able­to­beusedby peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

Lit­tle Mir­a­cles at Peter­bor­ough Rugby Club

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