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Keira’s Wishes to benefit from Offa’s Dyke walk

IN mid-August last year one of Oldham RL Club’s young fans, Keira Arnold of Derker, who was then aged 10, raised £210 for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice by selling raffle tickets at a home game against Whitehaven.

Fans dug deep to boost ‘Keira’s Wishes’, the fund set up by the hospice in which everything raised by Keira helps terminally ill patients fulfil their final wish.

In total our little fan, now aged 11, has raised more than £13,000 for the hospice in memory of her dad, who died in the hospice when she was only four.

She holds a national volunteer fund-raising award and a special regional award which was presented to her by the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

She continues to work hard on raising money for the hospice and her fund will be boosted soon by the proceeds of a sponsored walk by long-term Roughyeds fan Chris Saxon and his daughter Tora , who are aiming to complete the 177 miles of the Offa’s Dyke Trail from Chepstow to Prestatyn.

It includes three hill ranges and covers a lot of tough terrain, but Chris and Tora hope to complete the trek between April 27 and May 11, with all funds raised going to Dr Kershaw’s and to Keira’s Wishes in particular thanks to their great regard for the “inspirational young lady from Derker.”

Said Chris:

“She is truly inspirational. We chose Dr Kershaw’s (to be the beneficiary of their sponsored walk) purely because of Keira’s Wishes. The effort she puts into her fund-raising would be admirable in anyone, let alone in one who is so young.

“How could we not lend a helping hand to this amazing young lady.”

To find out more about the sponsored walk, or to make a donation, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chris-and-tora



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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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