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£672 boost for ‘Keira;s Wishes’

​’Keira’s Wishes’, the Dr Kershaw’s fund-raiser that has many connections with Oldham Rugby fans, has benefited by £672 thanks to a long-distance sponsored trek by lifelong Roughyeds supporter Chris Saxon and his daughter Tora.

They were inspired to walk the 177 miles of the Offa’s Dyke Trail from Chepstow to Prestatyn, and to donate their sponsorship to ‘Keira’s Wishes’, by the hard work and fortitude of 11-year-old Keira Arnold in raising an unbelievable £13,000 for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in the last few years.

Holder of regional and national fund-raiser awards, Keira was only four when her dad died in Dr Kershaw’s and as she got a little bit older she pledged to raise as much money as she could for the hospice.

Both her immediate and extended family are keen Roughyeds supporters and Keira herself is no exception. having watched the team since she was knee high to a grasshopper.

Her grandma, Julie Smith, said of this latest fund-raiser:

“It was a magnificent achievement by Chris and Tora and on behalf of ‘Keira’s Wishes’ we’d like to thank them publicly and announce to everyone how much they raised.”

The fund was set up by the hospice in Keira’s name for the specific purpose of fulfilling the final wishes of patients who are terminally ill.

Chris Saxon will be at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday for our game against Coventry Bears (3pm) to thank fellow fans who sponsored him.

We are asking fans to come armed with tinned and long-life food donations for Oldham Foodbank, who will have a collection point inside the ground.

In the club shop (cheque and cash only) fans can pay a £20 deposit to reserve a place on our club trip to Wembley on Saturday, August 24. Also available will be items of 2019 merchandise at massively-reduced prices.

Also, we will welcome the 26th Oldham Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, from Chadderton, who will be our flag bearers.


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