Worcester Warriors player, Shaun Perry, will being taking on his first task as official player ambassador for Acorns Children’s Hospice at the local derby vs Gloucester at Sixways on Saturday.

The scrum half is asking fans to put their sporting rivalry aside to support their local children’s hospice and raise funds to support life limited and life threatened children and their families across Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

“Fans of both teams can unite in getting behind fundraising for Acorns and making a real difference to families that face huge challenges,” said Shaun.

Representatives from Acorns will be holding a bucket collection on the day as well as asking fans to donate from their mobile phone by texting WRFC12 £3 to 70070 (all £3 goes direct to the charity and there are no network charges).

Shaun will hold the role throughout the 2012/13 Premiership season during which he will help raise awareness for Acorns as well as provide support to fundraising initiatives including the annual charity match day on December 21 vs London Welsh.

Elinor Eustace, corporate partnerships manager at Acorns, added: “We are thrilled that Shaun will be supporting us in the role as official player ambassador for the charity.”

Acorns relies on voluntary donations for the majority of the £8m plus required to runs its vital services every year. To find out more about the work of Acorns Children's Hospice and how you can help, call Acorns on: 0845 120 6892 or visit: www.acorns.org.uk