Saracens rugby players visit Great Ormond Street Hospital in support of the RBC Race for the Kids 5k family fun run

30 Jul 2012, 11:55 a.m.

Justin Melck, Will Fraser and patient Jack Buse aged three

On Wednesday 2 May, Saracens rugby players Will Fraser, Justin Melck and Petrus Du Plessis made a dash to Great Ormond Street Hospital and put smiles on the faces of patients and their families. The sporting heroes visited the hospital to encourage people to sign up to the RBC Race for the Kids 5k family fun run, which takes place on Sunday 24 June 2012 in London’s Battersea Park.

Money raised from the event will help fund the essential redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital and make a difference to the thousands of sick children who are treated at the hospital every year.

Will Fraser, who will be taking part in June’s event said: "Despite facing some really tough times, the children and families we met today were all so positive. I was bowled over by their bravery and amazed at the phenomenal work carried out by doctors and nurses. I’ll be taking part in the RBC Race for the Kids 5k family fun run this year, so please join me and sign-up to this exciting challenge and raise as much money as you can to help Great Ormond Street Hospital stay at the top and continue its superb work."Justin Melck said: "For me, coming to Great Ormond Street Hospital really puts things in perspective. The hospital is such a positive place despite the serious challenges that patients, families and staff face every single day. When we walked in everyone greeted us with a smile. It’s very humbling to think that by spending a few minutes with each patient, they can forget their problems for a short while. We even managed to convert some children to become Sarries fans which is fantastic!"

A Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity spokesperson said: "We’re delighted that the Saracens have once again got behind the RBC Race for the Kids, our mass flagship participation event. It promises to be a great day out for everyone, so please sign up now and help make a real difference."The RBC Race for the Kids 5k family fun run is open to people of all ages and abilities to walk, jog or run the race. To sign up, please visit 
Watch a video about the Saracens' visit.
For press enquiries, please contact:
Gavin Watson
Press Officer
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity 
0207 239 3185 or

About Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity:
Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions, from across the country and abroad.  Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity needs to raise £50 million a year to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for the children. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families. For more information visit

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