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Malvern Rugby Club hosts fun day for brave Jay Hitchens
9:00am Monday 9th September 2013 in News
THE second annual fun day in honour of brave Jay Hitchins – who died of cancer aged just seven – has been hailed a success after raising thousands of pounds for charity.
The youngster, of Martins Close, Malvern, died last year from a form of cancer called neuroblastoma just weeks after the first Jay Day event raised more than £10,000.
This year the event at Malvern Rugby Club raised more than £3,000 and went to the same three charities which helped care for Jay throughout his illness and life – the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham which provided accommodation for his family near Birmingham Children’s Hospital; Orchard Service, which provided Jay with nursing, and Fort Royal School, which specialises in teaching autistic children, like Jay.
Organiser Russell Petty, a cousin of Jay’s father Wayne, said: “Jay Day was another huge success, raising more than £3,000, giving each charity £1,000 each and then the loose change is going to buy some games and DVDs for the children’s ward at the children’s hospital in Birmingham.”
A wacky sports day, featuring Malvern sports coaching firm Zig Zag, encouraged visitors to take part in some impromptu rounds of tug-of-war and also there was a crazy golf fun course for the adult Malvern PGA championships, which 24-year-old Luke Arnold won.
“Overall the day was just all about having fun and raising money for three great causes, with the tombolas and kiddies roundabout being very busy all day,” Mr Petty said.
“As for next year, the venue is changing but still to be confirmed and hopefully we will have lots more stuff for the kids and adults to do.
“Massive thanks to Jayne and the staff at Malvern Rugby Club and everybody that helped to make it such a success, especially Claire Almond, Tasha Arnold and Kirsti Smith, who helped organise the first one last year but this year there are just to many to mention.
“And most importantly Jay’s parents, Wayne and Kelly, who are an inspiration to us all – thank you.”
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