Footballers pay special visit to hospice

St John's Hospice community fundraiser, Anna scott with staff and day therapy patients, Morecambe FC manager Jim Bentley and Morecambe players at the launch of the "Help the Hospices" campaign.
St John's Hospice community fundraiser, Anna scott with staff and day therapy patients, Morecambe FC manager Jim Bentley and Morecambe players at the launch of the "Help the Hospices" campaign.
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BIG Jim Bentley is a giant on the football pitch and he has a big heart off the field too.

The Morecambe FC boss, his staff and players showed this when they visited cancer patients at St John’s Hospice – the club’s chosen charity for the coming season.

The Shrimps have teamed up with the Slyne-based cancer respite centre as part of The Football League’s official charity partnership with Help the Hospices.

Hospice care is free for everyone who needs it but not free to provide. Morecambe Football Club will raise vital funds for the hospice by organising collections at matches and taking part in challenge events.

Joanne Humphrey, community fundraiser from St John’s Hospice, said: “Like in football, you never know what’s around the corner in life – and you never know when you or someone you know might need hospice care. With Morecambe Football Club’s support, your local hospice will carry on supporting patients and their families in Lancaster & Morecambe, South Lakes and parts of North Yorkshire.”

Fundraising events will include a high wire challenge across The Globe Arena in November and a Charity Spring Ball on Saturday, March 10. 2012. Visit www.sjhospice.org.uk for more.