Portsmouth Rugby Club raises £800 for The Rowans Hospice

Jim Dixon, Michelle Green, Ed Neville, Tara Dacunha and Mark Witcher. 'Portsmouth Rugby Club raised around �800 for Rowans Hospice from their Christmas Dinner Dance raffle pictured presenting the money to Rowans Hospice.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150125-279)

Jim Dixon, Michelle Green, Ed Neville, Tara Dacunha and Mark Witcher. 'Portsmouth Rugby Club raised around �800 for Rowans Hospice from their Christmas Dinner Dance raffle pictured presenting the money to Rowans Hospice.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150125-279)

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ON-THE-BALL rugby players and their friends and family tackled a fundraising event for a hospice with aplomb.

Guests at Portsmouth Rugby Clubs’s Christmas dinner and dance dug deep to give £800 to The Rowans Hospice, in Purbrook.

They were spurred on by the memory of Penny Dixon, the wife of club stalwart Jim Dixon, who died last year.

Mrs Dixon was a firm friend of the club and it was her husband who requested the donations be presented to The Rowans.

Mark Witcher, who organised the event, said: ‘We were over the moon to raise so much money in Penny’s memory.

‘Jim has been part of the club for longer than I can remember. Penny was extremely well-thought of at the club and her death was a great loss.’ Mark thanked the team who helped him put the evening together.

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