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The Queen's Baton Relay comes to Rugby

RUGBY welcomed the Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay during a Festival of Sport at Caldecott Park.

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Charlotte Joilliffe, founder of the Freddie's Wish charity, carried the Queen's Baton into Caldecott Park. Published Friday, 22nd July 2022

Yesterday's (Thursday 21 July) Festival of Sport was organised by Rugby Borough Council to celebrate the arrival of the baton relay.

The baton was carried into Caldecott Park by Rugby's Charlotte Joilliffe, founder of the Freddie's Wish charity, who was nominated to take part in the relay to recognise her fund-raising work.

Charlotte founded the charity in 2015 after losing her son Freddie in a car accident when he was aged just 13-months-old.

Since launching Freddie's Wish, the charity has raised more than £150,000 to help deliver bereavement support to parents who have lost a child and paediatric first aid courses to people who care for children.

The Queen's Baton Relay marks the build-up to to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and started its tour of the Commonwealth's 72 nations and territories in October at a special event hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Crowds gathered at Caldecott Park to welcome the relay also had the chance to take part in a variety of sports, including archery, tennis, trampolining and bowls.

The Festival of Sport also included a visit from Perry, the mascot of the Commonwealth Games, live music and inflatables.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonweath Games start next Thursday (28 July) with an opening ceremony at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium.

View more photographs from the Queen's Baton Relay's visit to Rugby


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