After Gary Conroy passed away in December 2012, his family decided to do something to help the Hospice that cared for him in his final days.

Led by his wife, Denise Conroy, Gary’s friends, colleagues and team mates from Bournville Rugby Club began a year of fundraising activity that would see them go on to raise over £15,000.

The family took on a range of activity, including the then 12 – year- old  Gracie Palmer giving up technology for a week, a charity Bike ride from Twinkenham to Paris rugby stadium and Gary’s children Amy and Ellie Conroy organising a New Year’s Eve party with special guest Splat the Rat.

The most successful event was the ‘Ball that was not a Ball’; guests were invited to wear comfortable clothes and enjoyed food from a Fish and Chip van.

Denise said: “The support for Gary’s fund has been overwhelming. From something so sad, this fundraising has bought so many people together and we had fun, remembered Gary all in our own way. I’d like to thank absolutely everyone who has contributed to this is amazing total so far, long may it continue”

Community Fundraiser Amy Moore said: “We are delighted with the donation of £15,300. The funds will enable us to continue providing care to the people of Birmingham and Sandwell and their families. Just to put it into context a donation of this size could potentially pay for 22 days of in-patient care for a patient, or 612 hours of Hospice at Home care. What makes this donation even more amazing is that a whole community came together to achieve it. On behalf of the Hospice I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved”

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