Warriors join forces with Hospice

Warriors' Blake Green and Ben Flower at Wigan & Leigh Hospice
Warriors' Blake Green and Ben Flower at Wigan & Leigh Hospice

WIGAN Warriors Community Foundation and Wigan and Leigh Hospice joined forces last night to announce a new partnership.

On the pitch before last night’s game, which was dedicated to the Hospice, Wayne Joyce from the Foundation and Maxine Armstrong from the Hospice signed a long-term partnership agreement.

The charities will now work together to raise funds which will be ploughed back into helping the community.

Warriors Rugby General Manager Kris Radlinski said: “We are proud to be working with Wigan and Leigh Hospice to help generate vital funds to help sustain each of the charities. Although we are very different in who we aim to support we share a common goal in caring for and helping the well-being of our community.”

A joint steering group will be established to manage the relationship which will focus on delivering three key fundraising events every year. The first of these will be the Hospice Warriors Colour Run on September 14 at Robin Park.

The new event will see people get covered head to toe in different colours of powder paint as they walk, jog or run around a five km track.

Paint stands will be placed along the route with one manned by Wigan Warriors players who will throw the powder paint or use a specially adapted fire extinguisher to cover participants in powder paint as they go past.

Proceeds from the event will be shared between Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Fundraising and Lottery Manager for the Hospice, Maxine Armstrong, said: “We are thrilled that we are beginning to work with the Foundation to support each other and ultimately achieve our joint aim of helping more people in our local community.”