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PHAB members will be player escorts

SIX members of PHAB Oldham, a registered charity for people over the age of 16 who are physically handicapped yet able-bodied, will be our player escorts at Sunday’s big game against Newcastle Thunder at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick off).

Run entirely by volunteers, the branch of PHAB Oldham based at the Crossley Street Centre, Chadderton, meets every Monday night, providing members with a wide range of activities and organising trips out.

It was while arranging a Roughyeds prize for the group’s charity Race Night on September 16 that club chairman Chris Hamilton invited PHAB members to be player escorts at Sunday’s big game.

The six who accepted are Katie Harris, James Smith, Peter Slater, Amy Connell, Kirsty Lees and Paul Michell, all adults.

There will be a curtain-raiser featuring Waterhead under-7s and Westhoughton under-7s and Oldham Foodbank will also be present, receiving donations of tinned and long-life foods.

On their previous visit to a Roughyeds home game earlier in the season, the Foodbank was thrilled and delighted by the amount of food that was donated.

We trust and hope that our fans will be similarly generous on Sunday at a time, like the long summer school holidays, when major demands are made on Foodbank.

They tell us they have plenty of tinned beans, pasta and tinned vegetables, but are desperately short of long-life milk, tinned fish, tinned fruit, rice puddings, crisps and chocolate.

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Club Cash

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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