THE INNAGURAL St Michael’s Hospice Barbarians Challenge Cup raised £20,282 for the Herefordshire charity.

Luctonians faced the Hospice Barbarians RFC, formed by Nick Nenadich to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice.

The Barbarians team was made up with players from clubs within the Hospice’s catchment area, including Luctonians, Hereford, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye and Ludlow.

Playing on their home Mortimer Park pitch it was Luctonians who ran out winners of the charity event.

Lucs provided a pre-match luncheon at Mortimer Park, at cost with all profits to the Hospice Charity, attended by 200 and there were further auctions and a raffle to raise funds.

Luctonians members have been involved in a range of fundraising activities for St Michael’s Hospice, with their first of a set of challenges beginning in October 2020 with the Three Peaks Challenge.

The challenge saw members climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, then to Scafell Pike in England and ending at Snowdon base in Wales, all within 24 hours. From that challenge a total of £6,388.05 was raised at the time.

That was followed the following year by the Jurassic Challenge. The challenge saw members complete a 100-kilometre yomp along the Jurassic coast in Dorset with the distance completed in 24 hours. The Jurassic Challenge raised £9,180.25 at the time.

This year saw a new fundraising epic for a hardy bunch of Luctonians members as they took on the Isle of Wight Challenge. In April the Luctonians completed a 114-kilometre yomp circumnavigating the coast of the island in 24 hours. A total of £10,123.69 was raised at the time.