Heroes will benefit from Thetford help

Thetford Rugby Club are holding their second Help for Heroes charity day next month following the success of last year's inaugural event. An exhibition match between club players and an RAF team raised more than �4,000 last year and Thetford have now adopted Help for Heroes as their charity.

Thetford Rugby Club are holding their second Help for Heroes charity day next month following the success of last year's inaugural event.

An exhibition match between club players and an RAF team raised more than �4,000 last year and Thetford have now adopted Help for Heroes as their charity. Help for Heroes raises money to support members of the armed forces who have been wounded in the service of their country.

This year's event will take place on Saturday, May 8 and kicks off with a golf matchplay tournament, with a team of four representing Thetford Rugby Club taking on a forces team.

The action will then switch to Thetford Football Club, where the town's team will again take on a forces XI, kicking off at 1pm.

The main event of the day is the rugby match, with a select XV of players from clubs including Thetford, Diss and Thurston playing a forces side. That match will be followed by presentations in respect of all the day's events.

Thetford coach Ian Reynolds, who himself served with the RAF, said: "We started it last year just to see how it went and now we've adopted the charity we want it to get bigger and bigger.

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"We don't just want to restrict it to Thetford and we are hoping to make it a community sports day in aid of Help the Heroes. It will always focus around the rugby club as we are the organisers and the forces are very much into their rugby, but we want to include other sports as well."

Money will be raised from various collection points throughout the day and there will also be an auction, with prizes already donated from Guinness Premiership clubs, including tickets from Saracens and a signed shirt from London Irish.