Match to score funds for hospital

MorPeff Stags which is playing a charity match to raise funds for the oncology unit at Wansbeck General Hospital. Organiser Andrew Norris is pictured in the front row on the left.
MorPeff Stags which is playing a charity match to raise funds for the oncology unit at Wansbeck General Hospital. Organiser Andrew Norris is pictured in the front row on the left.
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A charity rugby match is aiming to score a hit to help a hospital unit.

Organisers are looking to raise funds to improve the experiences of patients undergoing treatment for cancer at Wansbeck General Hospital in Ashington.

The match – MorPeff Stags against Jeffington – is on Saturday, April 23, at Morpeth Rugby Club, with kick-off at 2pm.

It has been organised by Andrew Norris in memory of his dad, Jeff Norris, to raise funds for the oncology day unit.

Jeff was diagnosed with bowl cancer in 2013 and spent two years undergoing treatment before losing his battle, aged 60, last summer.

Andrew, captain of Morpeth’s fourth rugby team, said: “My dad was a big rugby fan and used to play for Ashington along with his two brothers.

“The oncology staff were absolutely brilliant throughout dad’s treatment and I’ve organised the match to thank them, help raise awareness of men’s health and give something back.”

The match is part of the Morpeth Beer Festival which takes place on Friday, April 22 and the following day at Morpeth Rugby Club, Mitford Road, NE61 1RJ.

Tickets are £10.

For further information visit www.morpethrfc.co.uk

The event is supported by Bright Northumbria, the registered charity of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust which runs Wansbeck General Hospital.

The charity aims to provide the extras that make a difference to patients.