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Bishop of Leicester leads King's team at Tigers

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The Bishop of Leicester, the Right Reverend Tim Stevens, is leading a team of 10 Church of England clergy taking part in The Big Boot at Leicester Tigers on Sunday - and it's all for a very good cause.They are taking part to help raise money for Leicester Cathedral’s King Richard III Community Appeal and the CombatStress charity.   The team will trying to catch rugby balls fired high into the air by The Big Boot in front of a sell-out 24,000 Welford Road crowd at half-time in the Aviva premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Bath Rugby.   “Leicester is preparing to bury the Warrior King, Richard III. Tigers are Leicester’s modern day warriors,” says Canon Pete Hobson, Acting Canon Missioner and a Tigers season ticket holder.   “While the Big Boot is a bit of fun, the Community Appeal is part of our effort to raise money which jointly supports the CombatStress charity for military veterans and Leicester Cathedral’s costs of reburying Richard III.”   The King Richard III Community Appeal is a project for Leicester and Leicestershire which aims to raise £60,000 before the end of February.   Half of the money will go to the CombatStress charity. The other 50% will contribute towards the costs of reburying King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral in March.   There will also be a matchday collection for the Appeal at Sunday’s match.   Supporters are also able to make a £5 donation by texting LEIC001 to 70970.   Bishop of Leicester for the last 16 years, the Right Reverend Tim Stevens will be making his first appearance on a rugby pitch, while his team-mates this weekend include season ticket holders Father Alan Hawker and Reverend Pete Hobson.   The clergy team for Sunday’s Big Boot comprises: The Right Reverend Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester Reverend Adrian Jones, Bishop’s Chaplain Father Alan Hawker Father Herbert, Chaplain to the Filipino Community, Diocese of Leicester The Reverend Lisa Temperley-Barnes, Rector of Woodhouse Eaves, Woodhouse & Swithland Reverend Canon Rosy Fairhurst, Canon Chancellor, Leicester Cathedral Reverend Jonathan Surridge Reverend Neil Griffiths Reverend Pete Hobson, Acting Canon Missioner, Leicester Cathedral Hilary Surridge  We wish them all the best of luck.