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Wessex Wyverns and Wessex Heartbeat join in charity partnership

Besi Besemar August 24, 2018

LGBT Rugby team supports Wessex Heartbeat’s fundraising plans for the year ahead.

WESSEX Wyverns RFC, an inclusive LGBT rugby team based in Southampton, have teamed up with Wessex Heartbeat to help them achieve their ambition to achieve the very best care for people with heart conditions on the South Coast.

Supporting their fundraising efforts, Wessex Wyeverns will endeavour to provide backing for the next year working as partner with the cardiac care charity. Wessex Heartbeat has already raised more than £13million since the charity was set up in 1992. Tremendous achievements include ‘Heartbeat House’, a home away from home for relatives of patients being treated at the Wessex Cardiac Unit at Southampton General Hospital.

Mike, a Wyverns team player said: “We are a diverse, supportive, and caring team, it isn’t just about playing rugby. Teaming up with Wessex Heartbeat and supporting a cause that affects so many people can be summed up simply; ‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much’”.

Wessex Heartbeat added on Facebook: “We are delighted to welcome Wessex Wyverns RFC as a charity partner this year and we are very excited to be working with them”.

Taking part in regular sport helps strengthen and lowers the risk of cardiovascular problems long-term which is why this partnership is so important to the Southampton based rugby team. Rugby training sessions aren’t always about big tackles and line-outs. Strength, speed, and agility are included to help increase the players’ health and fitness levels throughout the rugby season as Tina Hawke from Sussex Heartbeat found out when she visited one of the team’s training nights.

The team meet every Monday and Wednesday for training sessions in Southampton and welcome new players at any time throughout the year with a ‘Give it a Try’ night planned for August 29 for those looking for a new fun way to improve their health and fitness.

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