THE UNIVERSITY of Worcester’s American football team are holding a fund-raising exhibition match for charity.
The Worcester Royals will take part in their annual charity match this Saturday (March 19) at the university’s St John’s Campus in aid of CLIC Sargent, who support children and young adults affected by cancer.
The fund-raising game will see the current 2015/16 Royals squad face off against ex Royals players who form the Worcester Royals Alumni Team.
After raising more than £100 already for CLIC Sargent, the Royals hope to bring in more sponsorship from the wider Worcester community.
The club chose to support the charity after one of their players was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2014.
James Brennan was in his second year at the university when he was diagnosed and it was CLIC Sargent who supported him throughout his battle with the disease.
He went onto make a strong recovery and has just completed a third full season with the Royals.
“CLIC Sargent were one of the first groups to contact me after my diagnosis,” said James.
“They provided me with a grant which helped me with travelling home from university to attend treatment sessions.
“I was given a support worker who talked with me regularly throughout the process and was very good at outlining what other support was out there, both emotionally and with my studies,” he added.
Lydia Buckmaster, CLIC Sargent fund-raising manager for Worcestershire said: “Last year our services supported more than 52 children and young people in the county.
“It’s absolutely fantastic the Worcester Royals are supporting us with this exciting and original fund-raising idea and a huge thank you has to go to everyone involved.”
The match will take place at 5pm on the campus’ 3G pitch.
Visit the club’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/WorcesterRoyals to donate or for more information.