RUGBY player Josh Hodson, 23, who lives in Eastcote, is setting himself a new sporting challenge next Saturday (4).

He will be attempting a hole-in-one at golf, in aid of Michael Sobell Hospice, a cause close to his heart.

The odds of an amateur golfer hitting a hole-in-one are estimated to be 12,500 to 1. Hence Josh setting a fund-raising target of £12,500 (of which £705 has so far been raised) for his challenge at Rickmansworth Golf Club

For every shot Josh takes, he requires a donation of a £1 – and each pound raised will go directly to Michael Sobell Hospice where his mum, Sian, who is terminally ill with cancer, is being treated and looked after.

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This money will make a huge difference to the Mount Vernon hospice, which is in need of financial help as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Josh, who plays rugby for Chinnor, said: “For everything the hospice team has done to help my mum and others get through their own personal battles, I feel it is the least I can do to try to help keep their doors open.”

His mum added: “My terminal cancer diagnosis just over four years ago had a massive impact on the family, and both my sons immediately started individual fund-raising attempts.

Michael Sobell plays a very important part in our lives. I have been an in-patient several times and, as a result, it was suggested I attend their day centre which has helped me beyond belief.”