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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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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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