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State of Mind team at Sunday’s game

OLDHAM RLFC will be proud and privileged to host a visit to the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday by representatives of State Of Mind Sport (SOMS) which was established in 2011 after the death of Wigan and Great Britain forward star Terry Newton, who had tragically taken his own life.

The State Of Mind organisation, in which Oldham-born Danny Sculthorpe is heavily involved, has completed a tour of Super League clubs and will now bring this Wellbeing initiative to an end at the Vestacere Stadium, which is rightly said to be a coup for the Oldham club.

Said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton:

“Mental health is high on the pubic agenda at present so I’m asking fans who will be at our game against North Wales Crusaders on Sunday to go to their stall and see what they do — it could be vital to someone you know.”

A spokesman for SOMS added:

“We deliver mental health sessions across the country and have spoken to , more than 60,000 people in clubs, schools, colleges, universities and businesses plus others to police, fire and ambulance services.”

In the summer of 2018 State Of Mind Sport and the North-West Boroughs’ Healthcare NHS Trust broke the world record for the biggest audience at a meeting of its kind, held at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington.

Three Oldhamers played key roles in the presentation — Danny Sculthorpe, Ian Knott and former Super League referee Ian Smith.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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