Beccles Rugby Club’s fundraiser helps to boost Amber’s Smile on the day before her birthday

Members of Beccles Rugby Club minis in fancy dress for Amber's Smile. Picture: Beccles Rugby Club

Members of Beccles Rugby Club minis in fancy dress for Amber's Smile. Picture: Beccles Rugby Club - Credit: Beccles Rugby Club

A rugby club found itself with a number of familiar names and faces among its ranks for a special training session over the weekend.

Amber Gooch-Boag is given a birthday present by Beccles Rugby Club coaches. Picture: Beccles Rugby C

Amber Gooch-Boag is given a birthday present by Beccles Rugby Club coaches. Picture: Beccles Rugby Club - Credit: Beccles Rugby Club

Spiderman, Batman, Captain America and the Hulk all joined in the fun as Beccles Rugby Club minis hosted a fancy dress session and fundraiser to show their support for Amber Gooch-Boags, who turns eight on November 6 and has an inoperable brain tumour.

Some children dressed as their favourite superheroes, while others donned brightly coloured tutus and morph suits, with even Elsa from Frozen taking to the pitch.

After a short session, there was a variety of activities and games for the young players and their families to enjoy, including the rare opportunity to soak the coaches in the stocks.

Throughout the day, donations were collected for the Amber's Smile campaign, while all proceeds from the clubhouse kitchen also boosted the coffers.


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And Amber herself was the guest of honour, with the club presenting her with a jumper for her birthday and the chance to catch up with her friends from the team.

Beth Adams of Beccles Rugby Club, said: 'Amber really has touch the hearts of everyone at the club and the town in general, so it was really nice to be able to do something for her.

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'It was great to see her smiling, playing games and really seeming to enjoy herself.'

While fancy dress was not compulsory, almost everybody got involved with the fun, with even the adults getting in on the dressing up.

Mrs Adams added: 'Normally, parents will drop their children off at training and then go off and do some shopping or something, but this time they all stayed around and the kitchen was heaving.

'Amber is itching to get back into rugby and sport, so it was lovely that she was able to spend some time with her team-mates and everybody was really getting into the spirit of things.'

To date, more than £4,000 has been raised to support to Gillingham schoolgirl and her family, with this event raising a further £582.50 for the cause.

The appeal was set up in May 2017, after Amber was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of cancer affecting the nerves in her face and damaging the hearing in her right ear.

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