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Collection for baby Jax

A collection will be taken at our big Community Day game against London Skolars at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm) for the parents of baby Jax, who is seriously ill in Manchester Children’s Hospital with an extremely rare condition.

Jax, the only person in the world to have a particular strain of Ipex, is the son of Jenni and Ali, who have both had to give up work as a direct result of their baby’s illness.

Jenni is a teacher at Lyndhurst Primary School, one of the many schools to have children and staff at Sunday’s game as part of Oldham RLFC’s support for The Oldham Pledge.

Jax was born with Ipex, a condition in which the immune system attacks its own body tissue and organs.

He is having chemotherapy in preparation for a bone marrow transplant and Jenni will stay with him in isolation for the next 12 weeks.

Ali has had to give up work to look after Jax’s two siblings with the result that, as well as learning to cope with these extremely worrying times, the parents are experiencing financial difficulties.

Pupils from Hathershaw College will be collecting near the turnstiles and we hope and trust people will donate generously to come to the aid of this young family who find themselves in this dreadful situation.

As you know, Sunday is a day for the whole family with the launch of Roary’s Pride, our new members’ club for under-16s, and the visit of around 150 young people, teachers and support staff from Hathershaw College and a dozen local primary schools as part of our support for The Oldham Pledge.

If you are bringing children to the game with the intention of supervising their membership of Roary’s Pride please arrive in plenty of time. There will be face painting for children and each child who joins the Pride at Sunday’s game will be entered in a draw to be player escorts at the home game against Hunslet on Good Friday.

Children will also be escorts and flag bearers this Sunday and The Oldham Pledge children will do a lap of honour at half-time.

It promises to be quite a day, but while we enjoy the game and share the experience with so many children let’s have special thoughts for Jenni and Ali, baby Jax and his two siblings and for all our visitors from Lyndhurst Primary.


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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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