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Posh Raise Over £20,000 For Thorpe Hall Hospice

5 June 2014

With Peterborough United's season at an end, the final total raised since last August for Thorpe Hall Hospice has been announced.

The team at London Road has raised an astonishing £20,300 towards the £6 million needed to build a new hospice to serve the region.

Everyone at the Posh has pitched in to help raise the cash throughout the entire season. The charity partnership kicked off with a visit to Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall Hospice in Longthorpe by some key Posh players who then proved a big draw at the hospice's summer fete.

Signed shirts, raffles and collections at a number of home matches boosted the total. Bags of unwanted items have been donated by London Road staff to the organisation's network of shops and fans followed in their footsteps, keeping rails and shelves stocked.

Goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik was just one of those who got stuck into wrapping Christmas presents while team-mate Danny Kearns found himself on the catwalk at Dress for Less. The lads wore specially commissioned Sue Ryder match shirts while fans bought the souvenir charity programmes in their droves.

In March, it was all eyes on Nando's when the squad worked a shift at the restaurant in Peterborough city centre. Community manager Dave Farrell ran the London Marathon to raise money for the appeal, sporting bleached hair having gone blond for the day.

Club photographer Joe Dent had his head shaved while others opted for a shorter 10 metre walk across burning hot coals at the Thorpe Hall Firewalk.

Regional fundraiser Jo Marriott said: 'We cannot thank Posh enough for their incredible support they have given us over the season. Everyone at London Road has got involved and the resulting total is just amazing, far beyond our expectations back at the start of the season.

'The players have been so generous with their time - the evening at Nando's will be talked about by many young fans for years to come. We have a number of Posh fans among our nursing staff at the Hospice and they have been particularly excited to welcome the players to Thorpe Hall over the season.'

For information about the Thorpe Hall and the £6 million appeal, visit www.thorpehall.org


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