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Saints Nando's Takeover raises thousands for charity

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It is the third year that members of the Saints squad have lent a hand in the Northampton town centre restaurant, but by far the most successful.

While the two previous evenings have been during the Six Nations, this year's takeover night was pushed back to allow Saints' members of the England squad to also take part, with Dylan Hartley, Ben Foden and Courtney Lawes trying their hand at the restaurant business for the first time. Other players included Brian Mujati, Soane Tonga'uiha, Lee Dickson, Phil Dowson, Roger Wilson, James Downey, Teimana Harrison, Mark Sorenson, Stephen Myler, Tom Wood, Paul Doran Jones and George Pisi, along with team manager Paul Shields.

Nearly 200 Saints fans were served throughout the evening during two sittings, and with a raffle and silent auction - which included a bid of £501 for a signed pair of Foden's boots - helping the fundraising efforts by the end of the evening £2,820 had been collected.

"It was a fabulous evening," said John Helm, fundraising manager at Cynthia Spencer Hospice. "It was tremendous to see so many top flight members of the squad supporting the night.

"We'd like to thank both Nando's and the Saints for putting on a great event, and especially to the supporters and members of the public who came along and gave so generously.

"The funds raised are absolutely vital to support our nurses in the community and in the hospice, who provide such crucial help to people suffering from cancer."

You can see a gallery of pictures from the evening right now on the Saints' official Facebook page.

Nando's Northampton is also a member of the Saints Savers Club, with Season Ticket Holders, Associate Members and Registered Supporters able to claim a 20% discount on their own food bill at the restaurant.

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