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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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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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