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Rhys tries to raise a ruck of cash at St Luke's Hospice
A RUGBY player has kicked off a new career with a much-loved mid Cheshire charity.
Rhys Edwards is tackling the role of community and corporate fundraiser with St Luke’s Hospice.
“Before this I was in Italy working and playing rugby, so it’s a bit of a change,” he said.
“I was lucky enough that the rugby was paid but it wasn’t enough to live on so I had to join reality.
“It was an amazing experience.”
Although it is a far cry from sporting persuits in Verona, charity work is in the 24-year-old’s blood as his brother works for the British Heart Foundation and his dad works for the NSPCC.
“I’ve always done fundraising myself, whether through half marathons or cycling, and it’s in my family background, so that’s why I was attracted to this role and the cause,” he said.
“It costs £3.5 million a year to run the hospice, which is £6,500 a day.
“It’s my role to make sure that money is coming in through the community and corporate sector and getting St Luke’s out there and letting people know what we do.”
Rhys studied outdoor education at Camarthen University and studied for a masters degree in international tourism management at Manchester Metropolitan University.
He currently lives in Prestatyn but is planning to move to Chester to cut his lengthy commute.
His new role started on September 1 and he has been busy getting to know the St Luke’s family.
“I’ve been meeting people that have been affected by the hospice and having that support, and that makes me really passionate about it,” he said.
“It’s quite a different place to other hospices I’ve been to and has a real family feel to it.”
For more information about St Luke’s visit stlukes-hospice.co.uk.
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