Ten Leicester clergy helped to raise money for Leicester Cathedral’s King Richard III Community Appeal at Leicester Tigers v. Bath.
Dressed in clerical cassocks, the team attempted to catch rugby balls mechanically projected high into the air during the half time interval, in front of a sell-out Welford Road crowd at Tiger’s game against their arch-rivals.
Seven men and three women warmed up on the touchline on the coldest day this winter in preparation for their feat. While colleagues and supporters rattled collection buckets throughout the ground, the sportsmen and women appreciated the warmth of their cassocks as they ran out to try and catch the elusive ball. One ball was caught to a loud and supportive cheer from the capacity crowd.
“While the Big Boot is a bit of fun, the Community Appeal is part of our effort to raise money which jointly supports the CombatStress charity for military veterans and Leicester Cathedral’s costs of reburying Richard III, ” says Canon Pete Hobson, Acting Canon Missioner and Tigers season ticket holder.
The King Richard III Community Appeal is a project for Leicester and Leicestershire, which aims to raise 60,000 before the end of February. Half of the money will go to the CombatStress charity. The other 50% will contribute towards the costs of reburying King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral in March 2015.