Pulis preparing for final week of training
ALBION staff and players were today given a tour of the Donna Louise Hospice - as Tony Pulis heads for the final week of his preparations ahead of his Tower-To-Tower challenge.
The Baggies head coach will be among 24 people rowing from Tower Bridge to the Eiffel Tower in their gruelling week-long challenge.
Pulis took Albion's first-team players to the Stoke-based Hospice to meet staff and be given the full lowdown on the charity's work.
The Hospice currently provides a service for more than 200 children and their families.
Pulis said: "Sometimes we can get carried away with what life is all about.
"It's a privilege to be associated with the Donna Louise Hospice.
"I do my best to help and I think today made a big impression on the players.
"Footballers can live in a bubble - it's nice to pop that bubble every now and again.
"It makes you realise how privileged and fortunate we are. They have seen people who are not as fortunate as they are, and see how these people are cared for by very special human beings.
"And I want to show them what I’m doing the row for.
"A few of them have been asking me: Why I’m doing it? Who am I doing it for?
"The players have dipped their hands into their pockets to help this wonderful cause."
Pulis and his fellow rowers set off on Bank Holiday Monday.
Speaking about his challenge, he continued: This will be the most difficult challenge.
"Walking, climbing, running I can do with a lot more ease - rowing I find much more difficult.
"I will do my best. It will be tough, but it's going to be a great challenge and one we're all looking forward to."
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