Rugby fans donate more than £3,000 to Centenary appeal

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Rugby fans – who attended Wales’ 6 Nations victory over Italy at the Principality Stadium – donated more than £3,000 to St John Cymru’s Centenary fundraising appeal.

Volunteers from the first aid charity were present at Sunday’s match, many on duty providing medical cover, while others were at the stadium gates collecting donations before kick-off.

During the singing of the anthems, Welsh Rugby Union players also wore specially designed jackets, featuring the charity’s Centenary logo on the right sleeve.

Julia Hobbs, Chief Executive for St John Cymru, said:

“It’s an incredibly exciting year for the charity and we’re extremely grateful to the WRU for supporting us as we celebrate ‘100 years of being there’.

“Rugby fans are used to seeing our volunteers on duty at the Principality Stadium and over the years we have been fortunate to be there for Wales’ grand slam wins.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who stopped to put money in our yellow buckets before the match. With the support of the people of Wales, we can make sure St John Cymru continues to be there.”

As part of St John Cymru’s Centenary celebrations, a replica World War 1 ambulance will be taken to key events and schools across Wales, to share the charity’s history and to encourage more people to learn first aid.

The charity’s also set up a special website to capture people’s stories from over the decades, to show how it’s as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.

Share your stories at www.stjohn.wales/100 or tag us on Facebook and Twitter @SJACymru using #SJCW100

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