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    England Women set for Christmas Day charity run

    The World Cup winners will collectively cover 100km to raise money for Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough.

    While most of the country will be unwrapping presents, peeling spuds or cracking into an early Bucks Fizz, the England Women's team will be hitting the road on Christmas Day.

    The traditional run, which started during Clare Connor's tenure as captain, will see the World Cup winners collectively cover 100km - all for a good cause.

    The team are asking the public to help them raise money for Loughborough’s Rainbows Hospice, an organisation that provides care to children with life-limiting conditions, and support to their families.

    Rainbows has supported children and their families since 1994 and the England team were inspired to help raise money for the cause after visiting the hospice in June of this year.

    The tour ‘fines’ for players and staff - accrued for poor timekeeping or other light-hearted, off-field lapses of judgment - have been added to the pot and the players will also undertake their tradition of each going for a run on Christmas Day in the hope of raising more funds.

    The JustGiving page was the brainchild of the team’s social secretary and middle-order bat Fran Wilson, who’s keen for the team to raise as much money as possible.

    “We’ve done the Christmas Day run for a long time, and this year we just decided to make it a bit more special,” she explained.

    “Before the World Cup we visited Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough - local to our base and to many of our the players’ houses - and we were absolutely blown away by the work that they do.

    “They provide end-of-life care to young people and the most amazing support to their families.

    “It was a really emotional day when we visited and - for our part - it just put everything about sport into perspective.

    “I think we knew then that we wanted to do something to help and hopefully we’ll be able to raise some money for Rainbows.

    “There’s already a bit in the pot courtesy of our fines - which is us saying and doing silly things - and hopefully we can add a bit more with the Christmas Day run.

    “Rainbows is an incredible place and they really deserve some support.”

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