Wasps launch ’12 Days of Waspsmas’ community initiative

Wasps are putting a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas to spread festive cheer across Coventry and the wider West Midlands.

Wasps are putting a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas to spread festive cheer across Coventry and the wider West Midlands.

Dubbed ‘the 12 days of Waspsmas’ – first-team players and club staff will be making 12 appearances at various organisations and charities across the region throughout December before the club’s ‘Christmas Cracker’ clash with Harlequins at Ricoh Arena on Saturday, 21 December.

Wasps duo Juan de Jongh and James Gaskell are attending Birmingham Women’s Hospital on Wednesday, 4 December to decorate the hospital’s physio ward, while mingling with staff and patients.

Michael Le Bourgeois and Billy Searle are also set to meet with around 30 young people attending the club’s weekly Playing Advantage session at King Henry VIII School in Coventry on Sunday, 15 December.

Playing Advantage is targeted at young people aged between six and 16-years-old with any type and level of learning disability, providing them with the chance to take part in a variety of sporting activities.

On the same day, Jeff Toomaga-Allen will be signalling the start of The Shakespeare Hospice’s Santa Dash at Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse.

Leamington-based charity Helping Hands are also set to host trio Rob Miller, Tommy Taylor and Jack Owlett in their weekly soup kitchen on Tuesday, 17 December, who will be handing out food and clothing donations.

A visit to the Leamington-based Salvation Army Christmas Dinner on Wednesday, 18 December is being conducted by Jimmy Gopperth, Tommy Taylor and Ben Harris – all of whom will be helping to prepare the dinner, as well as handing out food and clothing donations made by the general public at the club’s last two home games.

James Gaskell and Ben Vellacott will also be touring Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, where the duo will be handing out gifts to children and their families on Friday, 20 December.

Biyi Alo and Paulo Odogwu are also set to take part in Warwick Hospital’s Christmas Fair on Sunday, 22 December to meet staff and patients.

Other club visits will feature food and clothing donations to Coventry Food Bank and Coventry Winter Night Shelter respectively, gift donations to asylum seeker charity Carriers of Hope, handing out shoe-box-sized gifts to Coventry and Leamington’s homes communities, as well as greeting the Nuneaton Veterans Contact Point.

Verity Brown, marketing manager at Wasps, said: “We wanted to give a festive thank you to all of the community organisations we have worked with over the past year, and this is by far the biggest community outreach we have done over any given period of time.

“Christmas is a special time of year for many, but we recognise it’s also the hardest time for some, which is why the players are keen to do their bit and spread some Black-and-Gold dust across the region this festive season.

“We are also donating 1,000 tickets for our ‘Christmas Cracker’ game to the various charities that we have worked with, providing an opportunity for families to enjoy a priceless fun day out together.

“We’d also like to thank our supporters for their kind donations of food, clothes and toys – all of which will be distributed across various charities who will ensure they reach families who need them the most.”