Greg Rusedski adds his name to charity’s fundraising auction

Greg Rusedski at the St Wildfrid's Hospice stand, Eastbourne
Greg Rusedski at the St Wildfrid's Hospice stand, Eastbourne

SUPER server Greg Rusedski signalled his support for St Wilfrid’s Hospice this week by popping into the charity’s information stand at the Eastbourne International Tennis Tournament.

The fast-serving former British star was in town on Sunday to take part in the legends match at Devonshire Park but found time to put down his racket and pick up a pencil in a bid to raise cash for the charity.

St Wilfrid’s is holding a secret postcard auction later this year and Rusedski stopped by at the stand to draw an entry, which will be exhibited at the Towner and then sold off.

And he wasn’t the only big name to visit the stand.

The team from the hospice have been thrilled with the response after being named one of the official charities of the tournament.

All the players, including Martina Hinges and Andy Roddick, have signed giant tennis balls which will be auctioned off for the charity on finals day today (June 23).

The tickets will cost £1 each and available from the stand at the tournament.

It will be drawn at around 5pm.

Charlotte Nuckhir, head of community engagement at the hospice, said, “We’re very grateful for the support of the Lawn Tennis Association, it’s made a real difference.

“We’ve been talking to people all week about our campaign to transform end of life care for everyone in our community and the profile the stand and support has given us has been amazing.”

The local charity was given a complimentary stand at the AEGON International by organisers and a stash of complimentary tickets were also given to patients.