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Roughyeds players enter into the Christmas spirit

HEADED by new signing Richie Hawkyard, who is enjoying a ten-year testimonial sanctioned by the Rugby Football League, Oldham RL players entered into the Christmas spirit by visiting the children’s ward at the Royal Oldham Hospital to hand out chocolate selection boxes.

Pictured (left to right) are full-back Hawkyard, hooker Jamie Greenwood, centre Zack McComb and prop Luke Nelmes — four Yorkshiremen who found time to devote to sick children before heading off to evening pre-season training at the Vestacare Stadium.

Club mascot Roary would have been with them, but he’s currently out of the country on holiday.

Richie, a nephew of former Watersheddings favourite Colin Hawkyard, has turned the testimonial principle on its head by dipping into his fund to become Santa to boys and girls on children’s wards in Oldham, Halifax and Huddersfield.

Together with his five-year-old daughter Lola, he has also handed out selection boxes to children in Huddersfield’s Forget Me Not hospice which supports children with life-shortening conditions and their families.

He said:

“It’s a real privilege to visit children who are in hospital over Christmas and to see how much they enjoy our visit.”



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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