Pink-cladded rugby players promote hospice challenge

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Legendary rugby pros have pledged their support for a hospice’s midnight Walk With The Stars.

Saracens players including former England international Steve Borthwick swapped their sweaty training gear for bunny ears to encourage women and men to take part in the June 11 event.

The muscle-bound megastars posed with walkers who took part last year – but this year the event will be open to all men for the first time.

Mr Borthwick, the team captain, said: “I’d like to encourage everyone to take part this year and make it a record-breaker for the hospice.

“Most importantly men should take part too - pull on one of these t-shirts and get involved and raise as much money as possible for the hospice. You may need its support and care one day too.”

Rosalind Bushi, whose husband Ben was cared for at the hospice, took part in the event last year.

She said: “This is such a great opportunity to promote the hospice more in this area and the fabulous walk which I will be taking part in again this year.”

“It would be great if we could all drum up more support from the men this year too. We’re really looking forward to it.”

The Hospice of St Francis cares for seriously ill patients from across St Albans, Harpenden, Redbourn, Markyate and Dacorum and supports their families.

To sign up to this years’ Walk with the Stars it costs just £15. Simply visit or call 01442 869555.