Great Ormond Street Hospital patients scrum down with Saracens

A group of Great Ormond Street Hospital patients, siblings and friends entered the world of top rugby yesterday when Saracens invited them to a training day at Wollam Playing Fields in St Albans.

The sporting stars helped the youngsters to prepare for the RBC Race for the Kids 5k family fun run in June, which will raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

Patients and families brushed up their skills with a fun-filled training session, took an exclusive tour of the training ground and watched Saracens players train ahead of their Heineken Cup clash with Ulster at Twickenham on Saturday 6 April.

Many of the children will be taking part in the RBC Race for the Kids, which takes place on Sunday 9 June 2013 in London's Battersea Park. Everyone can get involved, from children to grandparents, running, walking or jogging individually or in teams.

Money raised will help fund the essential redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital, allowing the the hospital to treat more patients and providing modern, spacious facilities which will enable a parent or carer to stay by their child's bedside.

"We really enjoyed meeting the patients and their families today," said Saracens captain Steve Borthwick. "The fact that they will be taking part in this year's RBC Race for the Kids is really inspiring to us. The money raised will go towards the hospital's redevelopment, which will mean it can continue its fantastic work and treat more children."

Watch some of the children talking about their day at Saracens on the 5 News website.

Find out more about the RBC Race for the Kids.