Sports events raise thousands of pounds for hospice

Jack Tappin, HaverSports director, Matt Hickey from Abbeycroft Leisure, Hospice Care Assistant Katy Edgar, athletes Helen Samuel and Pip Moore
with their daughter Isabel, and Abbeycroft Leisures Ian Evans. ANL-161027-161354001
Jack Tappin, HaverSports director, Matt Hickey from Abbeycroft Leisure, Hospice Care Assistant Katy Edgar, athletes Helen Samuel and Pip Moore with their daughter Isabel, and Abbeycroft Leisures Ian Evans. ANL-161027-161354001
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Abbeycroft Leisure and HaverSports are celebrating after their efforts raised £2,481 for St Nicholas Hospice Care in a year which saw more than 600 people compete in sports events across West Suffolk.

The leisure provider and events organising group delivered the third Haverhill Festival of Running in April, which included the town’s first marathon, half marathon and 10km runs in the town. Abbeycroft Leisure Triathlon Festivals were also held in Bury in June and in Mildenhall in August.

Eight-year-old Isabel, from Bury, won her category in the junior aquathlons at the triathlon festivals in Bury and Haverhill, while her dad Pip Moore finished second and her mum Helen Samuel was the first woman to cross the finish at the sprint triathlon in Mildenhall.

“It’s great to be able to compete locally and to see triathlon spreading across West Suffolk, particularly offering youngsters such as Isabel the opportunity to take part in the sport from an early age,” said Pip, 45. “I look forward to returning to compete in further HaverSports races in 2017.”

Matt Hickey, Abbeycroft Leisure’s health and physical activity development manager, said he hopes following on from this year’s success there will be the opportunity to offer even more events to the community.

“It’s been great to see such numbers taking part in multisport at our facilities, with athletes of all ages and abilities helping us to raise a fantastic sum for a very worthy cause,” said Matt.

Jack Tappin, HaverSports director, added: “It’s been a great year to grow and deliver more events, and our partnership with Abbeycroft Leisure has enabled us to realise this shared vision of seeing people competing in West Suffolk.

“I want to thank Abbeycroft Leisure and all our sponsors, and also all our marshals and wonderful athletes, and we look forward to contributing to triathlon being one of Britain’s fastest-growing sports with bigger and better events again next year.”

The hospice provides care and support for people across West Suffolk and Thetford in the final chapters of their lives. It offers services in the community as well as at its hospice in Bury and outreach facility, the Burton Centre in Haverhill.

George Chilvers, St Nicholas Hospice Care’s community fund-raiser, said: “All the support we receive is hugely appreciated, and we want to thank HaverSports, Abbeycroft Leisure, and all their sponsors, supporters and athletes who have contributed to their fund raising for us this year. We look forward to working with them further in 2017.”

Entries are currently open for the Haverhill Running Festival in 2017 – you can enter at www.haversports.com