PREMIER SPORTS STARS GET SET FOR FESTIVE DERBY SHOWDOWN IN AID OF VELINDRE

It’s a battle of East v West for the stars of Premier Sports as they come together at the home of Welsh Rugby for a special charity night of entertainment for rugby supporters in aid of Velindre Cancer Centre.

As part of a Premier Sports Guinness PRO14 Roadshow, the special event will be held on December 18th (7pm) at the Principality Stadium, supported by Guinness PRO14, WRU, the four professional teams and the Joint Supporters Group in Wales (JSG).

Welsh Rugby’s finest players, past and present and high profile faces from Premier Sports TV coverage are set to pit themselves against each other to win the Welsh Derby quiz crown, as celebrities from the East (Cardiff Blues & Dragons) go head-to-head against stars from the West (Scarlets and Ospreys).

Sam Warburton, Shane Williams, Martyn Williams, Sean Holley, Tom Shanklin, Ross Harries and a host of special guests will be joined by rugby supporters for a special night of celebration ahead of the start of the Welsh derby festive season.

All proceeds from the event will be in aid of Velindre, Wales’ premier Cancer Centre, providing care, support and treatment to cancer patients and their families for over 60 years, whose patrons include Sam Warburton, Shane Williams and Martyn Williams.

The event is being organised by Premier Sports the home of Guinness PRO14 rugby action in the UK, with 7 games each weekend throughout the season and the best analysis, commentary and inside track from its 20-strong team. It’s the first of a roadshow of Premier Sports supporter events being hosted in partnership with Guinness PRO14 with more to come in both Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2019.

FREE to supporters of the Scarlets, Ospreys, Dragons and Cardiff Blues, supporters need to register for the event online at www.velindrefundraising.com/book-online Places are limited and by ticket only so please register early.

Richard Sweeney, Chief Executive of Premier Sports said: “We’re proud to be broadcasting every Guinness PRO14 game, showcasing a Championship full of world-class players, with a team of talent that reflects the ambition and class of the Guinness PRO14.  We want to be at the heart of rugby action in Wales and it will be brilliant to join in the excitement of four big Welsh derbies at Christmas in aid of Velindre – a charity which is doing amazing and inspiring work for so many every day.”

Andrew Morris, Head of Fundraising at Velindre Cancer Centre said: “We are really looking forward to the East v West battle, it should be an excellent night and a great way to set the scene for the Christmas derby clashes. We are very grateful to Premier Sports for organising this special night and for so generously supporting Velindre.  I know that our Patrons, Shane Williams, Sam Warburton and Martyn Williams will be delighted that the Premier Sports’ “Night with the stars” will be supporting Velindre.

Event details: Tuesday 18th December 2018, 7pm – 9.30pm, Principality Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff, CF10 1NS. Q&A, celebrity quiz, charity raffle, warming curry buffet and drinks. All proceeds to Velindre Cancer Centre. FREE to all supporters of the Cardiff Blues, Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets.

To book your place, please visit www.velindrefundraising.com/book-online .

Tickets are limited – so please register early.

This Premier Sports event is free to supporters; with donations to Velindre on the night, via the charity raffle or online www.velindrefundraising.com/christmas-appeal

About Velindre: Velindre is the major provider of radiotherapy and other specialised anti-cancer treatments in Wales. Access to radiotherapy is critical to improving patient outcomes for cancer.  The incidence of cancer is rising by 2% each year in Wales with nearly 20,000 people diagnosed with this illness each year, and by 2020 one in two of us will develop cancer and 150,000 people will be living with a current or previous diagnosis of this disease.  However as Velindre staff strive every day to deliver the best cancer services through exceptional care, more people than ever are living with cancer – survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years through better treatments and earlier detection. We want to lead in the delivery and development of compassionate, individualised and effective cancer care to achieve outcomes comparable with the best in the world.