FORMER England rugby coach, Sir Clive Woodward, has helped Marie Curie’s Big Build Appeal reach its half a million pound to-go milestone.
The Olympic elite performance director raised £25,000 at a charity auction at Opus restaurant in Birmingham where he shared his thoughts about high performance with a selection of the city’s business leaders.
Noel Cramer, appeal director at Marie Curie which now has just £500,000 of its £7million fundraising target to go, said: “You could hear a pin drop in the room when Sir Clive shared his thoughts on how the highest possible performance can be achieved by individuals and teams.
“It was such an inspirational night and the money raised helped us break through the ‘half a million to go’ barrier, so we are incredibly grateful to Sir Clive for supporting Marie Curie’s Big Build Appeal.”
Dr Jane Collins, the charity’s chief executive, was on hand to thank Sir Clive for his support and presented him with a rugby ball signed by Marie Curie’s nurses in the West Midlands.
The new £20million Solihull hospice, which opened in Marsh Lane just last month, provides 24 en-suite bedrooms to preserve patients’ privacy and dignity, as well as a day therapy unit offering a range of complementary therapies and outpatient facilities serving 50 per cent more patients.