Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Shining brighter than the floodlights at Vicarage Road, Peace Hospice Care were embraced by Hornets fans, players, Harry the Hornet and the Watford Football Club in their tense sell out match against Arsenal on Saturday.

Thanks to Watford FC, the Hospice were given an opportunity to take their messages, mascot and bucket collecting squad into the ground to raise awareness and support from the community.

While the team warmed up in purple Peace Hospice Care t-shirts adding an extra special welcome to the day, more than £825 was dropped into buckets by generous fans.

Although Watford did not pick up three points against Arsenal, it was clear to see Peace Hospice Care really sat firmly in the hearts of the fans.

Their 90 minutes of solid strong support included appreciation and applause for the Hospice.

'I had children and their parents dropping money into my collection bucket,' said bucket collector Claire Charles .

 'Peace Hospice Care really is owned by the community.  I could see that and feel it at the match. It was wonderful.'

During a half time pitchside interview, Peace Hospice Care Head of Marketing and Communications spread the word on the Hospice's services and the need to raise more than 5 million pounds each year to continue those services.

'We appreciate the support of the club and the fans,' said Jon Michael.  'It means everything to Peace Hospice Care. We rely on the support of the community. This match day opportunity really did reveal how much the Hospice is appreciated by the fans at the club.

'Some of them even approached our bucket collectors and thanked them for looking after their family members.  We will continue to do that.  Last year alone our Hospice at Home team made 2,681 visits to patients. Next year  is our 25th anniversary year and we aim to reach even more people. We are there for the community. '