EDINBURGH RUGBY: Players visit Children’s Hospice
Pictured: Edinburgh Rugby players [L to R] Ben Atiga, Lewis Niven and Grayson Hart meet Richard Toner from Troon at Rachel House Children’s Hospice in Kinross. Images available from Michael James.
Edinburgh Rugby players visited Rachel House Children’s Hospice in Kinross run by Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) today Sunday (25 August) to help raise some smiles.
During their visit, Ben Atiga, Lewis Niven and Grayson Hart spent time meeting children and their families and joining in with some of the activities, including designing their own rugby kit and a having a mini game in the Hospice gardens.
Hart arrived at the club less than a month ago, but was keen to volunteer for one of the club’s closest charities.
He said: “I’m still very new to the club but it’s already clear how much the players value the relationship we have with CHAS, and these opportunities to give something back.
“This is a very special charity and I jumped at the opportunity to be involved today. It’s a real eye opener and very touching to be able to bring a smile to some of these children’s faces.
“It’s a privilege to play professional sport and to be able to play even a small part of such a worthy cause.”
Sarah Secombes, CHAS Fundraising Manager, said: “The families were very excited to meet the players and chat about the upcoming season. We really appreciate them taking the time to visit and everyone was able to take away happy memories of the day.”
If you would like to support CHAS please contact 0131 444 1900 or go to www.chas.org.uk
Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) is a charity that provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.
CHAS offers care in two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch. The hospices support the whole family by offering short planned breaks, emergency support, end of life care and a range of bereavement services.
CHAS also provides a home care service, called CHAS at Home, staffed from both hospices and with dedicated teams based in Aberdeen and Inverness. The service offers care to families in their own homes when they need it most.
CHAS supports over 300 families, as well as a significant number of families who receive bereavement support. The services are funded mainly through the generosity of the many supporters who help raise £9 million needed each year to provide these vital hospice services.