A TEAM of off-duty St Helens police officers scrummed down for a 12-hour touch rugby marathon in aid of Willowbrook Hospice.
The Bobby Dazzlers - a team made up of 15 off-duty officers - went head-to-head with a series of other teams during a fun-filled day at Liverpool St Helens.
The Dazzlers were joined by teams of special constables, cadets and junior players from Burtonwood Bulldogs and Orrell Rugby Union during the 7am-7pm fundraising event.
Saints star James Roby was also on hand - signing autographs and presenting prizes to the competition winners.
St Helens’ Area Commander, Chief Supt Rob Carden, played for the off-duty police team.
He said “I am enormously grateful to Liverpool St Helens for providing their venue for free. I would also like to thank the officers, cadets and players for giving up their time and energy to support this worthy cause.
“Through our work in the community we see and hear about the invaluable care Willowbrook provides and we are very pleased that we have been able to offer some kind of support to such a fantastic organisation.
“A big thank you goes out to all involved including the many spectators who joined us on the day and donated to the fund.”
Officers and cadets had also been busy fund-raising in the weeks leading up to the event, via a raffle and supermarket bag-packing.
More than £3,000 was also raised on the day and a cheque will be presented to Willowbrook Hospice at St Helens Town Hall on May 24.
To donate to the cause, call Inspector Chris Gibson, who organised the event alongside Sergeant Stuart Davies, on 0151 777 6502.