Exeter Chiefs host surprise story session at local hospice
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Gallagher Premiership Rugby stars Joe Simmonds, Jack Maunder and Tom O’Flaherty delighted kids and their families from Children’s Hospice South West, as they joined them virtually to read a bedtime story.
Through Gallagher, Children’s Hospice South West has been paired with Exeter Chiefs to help heighten awareness of the charity’s invaluable community work among new audiences, in recognition of its resilience during the pandemic.
Keen to give back to the local community, the Exeter Chiefs players popped up unexpectedly via Zoom to read bedtime stories to children with life-limiting conditions and their families who are cared for by their local hospice, as well as bereaved families who still have strong links with their hospice.
The children and their families were treated to a reading of Jack Maunder’s motivational kids’ book ‘Bounce Back Jack’, and afterwards chatted about the players’ personal experiences of times when they have overcome setbacks and shown resilience.