Rugby Festival of Culture helps raise funds for Myton Hospice

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MYTON Hospice has been given a cheque for £620 following last year’s Rugby Festival of Culture.

Organisers of Rugby Reads Dickens relay, which took place in July as part of the 2012 Rugby Festival of Culture, have handed over a cheque for £620 to Rugby Myton Hospice. The funds will be used to help provide home care for the very ill – the Myton At Home service.

During the two week cultural festival ‘Rugby Reads’ organised a sponsored reading relay to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth (Mugby Junction was inspired by Rugby Station), get people reading aloud, have a bit of fun and most importantly raise funds for Myton Hospice.

Rex Pogson, one of the organisers of Rugby Reads, said: “Over 2500 people read aloud from various Dickens titles during the festival which is fantastic. ‘Rugby Reads’ started three years ago as a celebration of reading in many of the schools in the Rugby area, and in the last two years has expanded to draw in many enthusiastic adults too. We are very grateful to all those who joined in to raise money for Myton. And we are most appreciative of the support we received in various ways from the Rugby Advertiser, Rugby FM, Rotary Club of Rugby, Virgin Trains, Vodafone in Rugby, Barclays Bank in Rugby, Lawrence Sheriff School, St Andrew’s Church, and Hunt’s Bookshop, quite apart from 19 local schools and the eager adult reading groups.”

Nigel Adams, Community Fundraiser for Myton Hospice said: “I would like to say a massive thanks to all those who took part in the readings as part of the ‘Rugby Festival of Culture’. Fundraising efforts like this are vital if we are to continue to care for the very ill in Myton Hospice and at home – thank you.”

This year’s Rugby Festival of Culture, one of the town’s biggest and most popular events, will run from Friday 28 June through to Sunday 14 July. The festival, only in its third year, plans once again to serve up a fantastic feast of cultural entertainment, including music, dance, art, theatre, comedy, poetry, literature, walks, food and drink - so make sure you get the dates in your diary!

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