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Junior rugby players ‘scrum’ together for breast unit after family friend has treatment

07 July 2019


Two 11 year old girls who play rugby together at Rochford Hundred Rugby Club joined forces for a sponsored walk around the club’s rugby pitches, helping to raise £821.63 for Southend University Hospital’s breast unit.

The girls, Phoebe Vincent and Olivia Dunn, both aged 11 from Rochford, also organised a delicious cake sale to help raise money for the unit that had helped Phoebe's mum's best friend, Sophie Wade, 41, from Leigh-on-Sea, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in September of last year.

Phoebe and Oliva came up with the fundraising idea from scratch when the pair had a sleepover and phoned Phoebe's mum to sound her out about their charitable endeavours.

Jo Vincent, Phoebe's mum, said: "It's amazing thing for two young girls to have thought of and raise such a fantastic amount.  The girls decided that they wanted to donate the money to the breast care unit at Southend, rather than a big charity, as they are the ones that have helped our friend Sophie."

Kayley Donovan, Community Fundraising Manager for Southend Hospital Charity, said: "We always get huge support from our local community, and this money will help further enhance our breast unity care for patients. It's especially inspiring to see young people thinking so much of others. They are a huge credit and we can't thank them enough."