Rugby club goes all out to help care home fans

Resident Josie Allman, right, tried on some rugby headgear and is pictured with fellow residents Bunny Storrar and Paul Harvey, home manager Clare Gibson, activities organiser Emily Hudson and Ron Migliorini
Resident Josie Allman, right, tried on some rugby headgear and is pictured with fellow residents Bunny Storrar and Paul Harvey, home manager Clare Gibson, activities organiser Emily Hudson and Ron Migliorini

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RUGBY fans at a care home have been left delighted as the nearby Chichester Rugby Football Club made it easier for them to watch live action on match days.

Discussions with Colten Care’s Wellington Grange, in Chichester, prompted club officials to install a raised wooden platform on the Oaklands Pavilion balcony overlooking the pitch.

Together with a newly-installed lift and handrail, it means wheelchair users can now enjoy a better view.

Clare Gibson, home manager, said: ‘We’re thrilled the club has gone the extra mile to create a bird’s eye view of the heart of the action for our residents and others in the community with limited mobility.

‘The chance to watch and cheer on the team in more comfort will go down very well with our residents.’

Club sponsorship manager Ron Migliorini said: ‘We are a community sports club and want to do what we can to facilitate access for all.’