Castleford Tigers to take on Yorkshire Three Peaks in aid of The Prince of Wales Hospice

Castleford Tigers staff and commercial partners will be tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks on June 19 in aid of The Prince of Wales Hospice.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 9:54 am
Updated Monday, 24th May 2021, 9:58 am
Castleford Tigers. Picture: Allan McKenzie\

The Prince of Wales Hospice is the official charity partner of the Tigers and offers care for patients with life-limiting illnesses such as motor neurone disease, cancer, chronic heart, and lung failure.

Castleford's club staff and their host of commercial partners will climb Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough with the aim of completing the challenge in under 12 hours.

“The Prince of Wales Hospice plays a vital role within our community and is close to a lot of people's hearts locally. As our designated charity, we work closely with their team throughout the year on a number of fundraising events," said Castleford Tigers’ head of commercial partnerships Craig Jeffels.

“The last 12 months have been catastrophic for all charities and that is why we have set up this challenge to help fill the void in the Hospice’s fundraising due to the pandemic.

"Our partners at the club have been very supportive throughout the past year and have agreed to support us with this event and take part.

“I am hoping as a collective and with our partners' assistance, that we can raise a fantastic amount of money which will really make a difference to the Hospice.

"Several of our off-field team will be taking part, myself included, and we ask only if you can donate then please do so.

“I’d also like to thank Rebecca & Jill from the Hospice for helping us get this off the ground, we won’t let you down.”

The Hospice relies on over £5,000 each day to operate from its base in Pontefract. Castleford have a long-standing relationship with the charity and have previously raised over £24,000 for the organisation.

In 2019, the entire Tigers first team and staff completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks while a match against Leeds Rhinos was dedicated in the Hospice’s honour and the club's youth team players have frequently volunteered their time to assist at the Hospice.

“The last year has been tough for us all especially business and charities, with The Prince of Wales Hospice saw its funding dry up overnight. However, with the support from the amazing Five Towns community, we got through it," added Jill Kirkham, the Fundraising Manager at The Prince of Wales Hospice.

“The Castleford Tigers partners who are supporting this challenge in raising funds for us as the club’s charity partner is so important to us, so we can continue to deliver the amazing Hospice Care to our local community.

“The Hospice team will be there to cheer the Tigers and their partners on, and we hope plenty of people support them all in this mission, and we thank those who choose to donate too.”