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Scrum on down in aid of Butterwick Hospice

BUDDING rugby players are being invited to team up and have a ball in aid of a North-East hospice.

A Touch Rugby Family Day is being staged in aid of Butterwick Hospice at Mowden Park Rugby Club’s arena in Darlington on Saturday, June 9.

The event is being organised by Middlesbrough-based Industrial Technology Systems Ltd (ITS), which is a dedicated corporate partner of the hospice.

The touch rugby competition will feature teams of seven players – junior, adults and mixed – competing in ten-minute matches, although the advice is to have a squad of ten players in case anyone needs a rest!

The entry fee is £300 per team, including pie, peas and a pint, with all proceeds going to the Butterwick.

As well as the rugby, there will also be a host of family attractions, including Punch and Judy, face-painting, bouncy castle, bouncy slide, popcorn machine, candyfloss, cake and sweet stalls, tombola and raffle.

The fun event takes place between 12 noon and 6pm, with a £5 charge for a family of four to maximise the proceeds for the hospice. ITS is also covering all costs and the company is appealing to local businesses to donate prizes or goods for the stalls.

As an added fund-raising incentive, ITS managing director Malcolm Knott and Projects Director Graham Ives will be going in the stocks and having cream pies thrown at them.

Mr Knott said the Butterwick had become the company’s chosen charity after he visited the hospice and was especially moved by the care given to young people.

“Before the visit, I hadn’t really thought about how important a hospice is for children as well as adults, and I knew then that we should become long-term partners,” he said.

Event organiser Samantha Curvis, who is sales and marketing assistant at ITS, added: “We’re really proud to be supporting a charity that does such amazing work, so please come along and be part of a memorable day.”

ITS is also sponsoring this year’s Butterwick Cricket Tournament at Durham Cricket Ground on Friday, September 14, as well as sponsoring a team and a hole at the Butterwick Golf Classic at Rockliffe Hall on Wednesday, September 12.

Anne Cooling, Butterwick’s Corporate Partnership Manager, said: “Malcolm Knott and ITS have been amazingly supportive and we can’t thank them enough for everything they do for us.”

To enter a team in Touch Rugby Family Fun Day, or reserve entry tickets, go to

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