24th Oct, 2017

Pulling hard for charity cash

Aaron Wise 27th Nov, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A CHARITY tug of war competition involving some of the county’s top sports stars took place in Upton Snodsbury, raising more than £800 for a disabled girl to have life-changing treatment.

Members from Worcester Warriors, Worcester Wolves and Worcester City, including city goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan and former Warrior Craig Gillies, took part in the ‘Tug 4 Georgie’ event on Sunday (November 8) at The Coventry Arms Pub in Upton Snodsbury.

All proceeds from the event, including the £800 and counting, will help three-year-old Georgie Gibbs from St John’s, who has Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy and needs extensive equipment, physio and life-changing surgery to assist her in taking her own safe and controlled, unaided steps.

Georgie’s mum Clare Gibbs, HR manager at The Hawthorns Care Home in Evesham, is hoping to raise approximately £60,000 in funds to allow her daughter to undergo treatment through either the NHS or in America.

The fund-raising tug of war event was organised by World Powerlifting Champion Gary Phillips, who hosted a barbecue, beer tent, live music, Jiu Jitsu, a penalty shootout competition and a giant raffle to pull the community together in support for little Georgie.

Mrs Gibbs said: “The event was an absolute success. We couldn’t park on arrival as it was so busy and there were even people directing traffic.

“It was a wet and windy day but there was a lot of adrenaline and the team spirit was amazing.”

Mr Phillips said: “Everyone who came on the day enjoyed the experience and it bought the Worcester community together.”

Visit www.facebook.com/groups/HelpGeorgie for more information on Georgie’s progress and to keep updated with Evesham Tesco superstore’s fund-raising event in February, in support of Georgie.

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