Rugby players in West Norfolk will wear off their Christmas calories with a Boxing Day game against their elders to raise money for a chemotherapy pump at a hospital.

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Current West Norfolk Rugby Club (WNRC) players will take on veterans - known as the ‘Forgotten XI’ - at the Paul Day memorial match, which takes place at the team’s ground in Gatehouse Lane, North Wootton on Thursday.

The annual event was started about five years ago after Mr Day, a former coach at the club, died from cancer.

Cash from the event has been donated to different parts of the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), in Gaywood Road, King’s Lynn, with money from the past two years going to the QEH’s Healthy Hearts campaign.

“This year we have changed it and we are trying to raise money to buy a chemotherapy pump for the Macmillan ward,” said event organiser and WNRC shop manager John Lunnun.

Each pump costs £3,830 to buy and Mr Lunnun said it is hoped the Boxing Day match - which kicks off at 1pm - will raise £1,000 towards that total, with each player donating £5 to play and a raffle, auction and collection being held on the day.

WNRC has approached several companies across the area about donating prizes for the raffle.

Mr Lunnun added: “We like to get involved and do our bit for the community.

“It gets everyone out on the fresh air after Christmas and it is also a chance for people in the club to get together.”

WNRC has organised a number of charity campaigns this year.

Some team members have posed in the nude for a 2014 charity calendar, which is designed to raise money for the Healthy Hearts campaign at the QEH.

And in November, WNRC members played a side from RAF Marham to raise cash and awareness for the Movember appeal.

Dan Bird will captain the veteran’s team, whereas Lawrence Savage will lead the current WNRC side.

Current and ex-players interested in taking part should contact Mr Lunnun on 07729 185132 or Mr Bird on 07714 263755.

Are you organising a charity event in West Norfolk? Contact Andrew Papworth on 01553 778681 or email




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