Ipswich Town helps hospices

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IPSWICH Town was not the only winner in its match against Bristol on Saturday – so were Suffolk’s hospices.

The club has joined 71 others supporting the Football League’s Help the Hospices charity week and the match was its Help the Hospices game.

Camilla Haycock, Town’s PR manager, said: “Knowing that collectively our three local hospices have to raise in the region of £15 million each year to continue to provide the excellent care they give to those in Suffolk with life-limited illnesses, really does focus the mind on how important it is that everyone does their bit to support them. We hope that our supporters will find any loose change to put in the collecting boxes to help our local hospices.”

Patients from St Nicholas, East Anglia’s Children’s and St Elizabeth hospices were guests of honour at the match and a VIP day and use of one of the ground’s executive boxes had been auctioned and raised over £1,130 for the hospices.

In addition, volunteers with collecting buckets went around the ground coaxing donations from fans.

A spokesperson for all three Suffolk hospices said: “We are grateful for the chance ITFC has given us to highlight the services we offer.”