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Harlequins players visit Great Ormond Street Hospital ahead of Big Game 5

14 December 2012

  • Harlequins players visit Great Ormond Street Hospital ahead of Twickenham showdown
  • Over 60,000 match tickets already sold
Twickenham Stadium - Big Game 5

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With Harlequins gearing up for their Big Game 5 meeting with London Irish on December 29th, Quins players Karl Dickson, Matt Hopper, Nick Evans and Tom Casson paid a visit to the Great Ormond Street Hospital as part of the build-up to the match.

The Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity (GOSHCC) is the beneficiary charity of Big Game 5 when Harlequins take on their London rivals at Twickenham Stadium, with kick-off at 2.15pm.

The four squad members were shown around various hospital wards and experienced first-hand the hard work of the hospital staff, as well as getting the opportunity to meet some of the patients.

During their tour, the players joined in various activities with the children. Hopper played – and lost – on the Wii games console, while Evans turned astronaut with the help of some toy rockets. The Harlequins mascot, Harley Bear, was also on hand to meet the young children and donate clothes and a PlayStation 3 to the hospital from the club.

Speaking about the visit, Quins fly half Nick Evans said: "It's been very humbling to see the work that is being done with the children. What struck me is how positive everyone is in trying to get these kids better. Everyone has smiles on their faces and we were also able to add to those smiles."

Echoing Evans' comments, Hopper said: "It is very eye-opening to see the work that the doctors and nursing staff do and the experiences these children have. From a personal point of view I found it quite interesting and humbling. To see a smile on these kids' faces is something pretty special."

With just over two weeks until rugby's biggest fixture of the festive season, Harlequins have announced that 60,000 tickets have now been sold. Ticket sales are on track for another sell out at rugby's headquarters, and with prices starting at just £10 this is a seasonal event not to be missed. Alongside the rugby, fans will be entertained by rock/pop band Lawson, and with two further acts to be announced this week, the day promises to be enjoyable both on and off the pitch.

To secure your place at this fantastic event, book your tickets through Ticketmaster by clicking here, or by calling 0844 847 2492. Tickets in the £10 category are now limited.

Harlequins have also launched a charity shirt for Big Game 5, which includes the GOSHCC logo. £5 from every shirt purchase will go to the charity.

For more information about Big Game 5, please visit www.thebiggame.co.uk