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Rugby players raise hundreds for Royal British Legion

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HUNDREDS of pounds have been raised in aid of the Royal British Legion by rugby players from the University of Chichester.

A cheque for £743.43 was presented by the first team to the national charity, which provides financial, social, and emotional support to members and veterans of the Armed Forces.

Around 20 players from the men’s squad raised money by selling poppies and related items across Chichester on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November to coincide with Armistice Day.

Team Development Officer Ben Blewitt said the Legion is a charity close to his heart having served in the Royal Air Force for five years.

He added: “People were extremely generous in Chichester and the British Legion themselves provided a lot of nice presents for us to sell, including wrist bands, broaches, and poppies.

“Together, with last year’s total of £587.07, I am proud to say that the University of Chichester men’s rugby team have raised £1,330.50 for this worthy cause.”

The Royal British Legion offers lifelong help to the Armed Forces community including serving men and women, veterans, and their families.

It was founded after the First World War to safeguard the memories of those who have given their lives in conflicts throughout the world.

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