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BRENDAN Sheridan, who battled back from the brink to beat Covid-19, is urging the great British public to stick to Government guidelines on social distancing so that the UK can conquer Coronavirus as quickly as possible.

Our assistant coach, back home in Dewsbury after spending three weeks in a Wakefield Hospital, said the battle he was now fighting was “more mental than physical.”

The 41-year-old father of three owes his life to the skill, commitment, courage and devotion to duty of the NHS doctors and nurses at Pinderfields Hospital.

For the first two of his three weeks in Pinderfields he was on the Intensive Care Unit in an induced coma and on a ventilator to help him to breath.

Happy to talk to Oldham fans via the Roughyeds website, and to reveal how his “massively scary” experience has changed his outlook on life, Brendan said the entire country should be bursting at the seams with pride for the NHS and all their front-line doctors, nurses and other staff.

He said:

“It’s only now that I’m starting to realise how lucky I was and that I owe my life to the wonderful people at Pinderfields. At the same time I can’t stop thinking about the thousands who weren’t as lucky as I was.

“Every day I ask myself: ‘Why me ? Why do I deserve to be as fortunate as this?”

“I’m getting on with my recovery now and I’m slowly getting there. I’m doing a three-mile walk every day but my battle is more of a mental one after everything that’s happened in the last few weeks.”

Fit, only 41, a non-smoker and a rugby league coach and former player who had always looked after himself, Brendan never considered himself to be at risk.

He went on:

“I never had many of the symptoms — just a sudden shortage of breath. It all happened so quickly. I seemed to be okay one minute, really struggling for breath the next.

“I can recall going in the ambulance and arriving at hospital but I don’t remember another thing until I came round in the intensive care ward after what I later learned was two weeks in a coma.

“It was surreal. Bit by bit in the days after I woke up I started to piece together what had happened to me by talking to family, friends and hospital staff and then it struck home just how critically ill I had been.

“When I came round from the coma I couldn’t function properly. I couldn’t write my name, text or dial numbers on the phone, but I’m coming along nicely now and I owe so much to the amazing doctors, nurses and the rest of the staff at Pinderfields; to my family and friends; and to all the people of the wider rugby league community, especially from Oldham and from the Dewsbury and Batley areas, who have done so much messaging and given me so much support.

“A massive and heartfelt thank-you to you all.

“By all pulling together as a nation we can beat this thing, but we’ve still a way to go yet and we need to stick to social distancing and following Government guidelines for a while longer yet.

“There are signs we might be getting on top of it, certainly in hospitals, but we need to observe the guidelines as strictly as ever.

“We are so lucky to have the wonderful NHS behind us in these frightening and unprecedented times but we can’t afford to relax or think the worst is over and we can go back to something like normality.

“We can’t; not yet. It isn’t worth it. Believe me !”.

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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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