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Shez home thanks to the “fantastic” staff at Pinderfields Hospital

Brendan ‘Shez’ Sheridan, our assistant coach, is back home in Dewsbury after making a full recovery from the Covid-19 virus during his three weeks in Pinderfields Hospital at Wakefield.

He is one of more than 240 Covid-19 patients to be discharged from hospitals run by Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, to whom he sent a message asking the Trust to thank, on his behalf, all the staff at Pinderfields who had been involved in his care and in his subsequent recovery from the virus that has claimed the lives of thousands all over the world.

Those heartfelt thanks are echoed many times over by his family and by everyone at the Roughyeds, including chairman Chris Hamilton, head coach Matt Diskin, players, backroom staff and hundreds of fans.

Thanks for saving my life! Shez ready to leave for home after his touching message of thanks to the wonderful NHS staff at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

Brendan (41), father of three, spent two weeks in the Intensive Care Unit at Pinderfields (ICU) in an induced coma and on a ventilator to help him to breathe. He then spent another week on Ward 20 where he made a full recovery. He is pictured with staff from Ward 20 shortly before his discharge from hospital.

During his time in ICU, Brendan’s family and club chairman Chris Hamilton were updated daily about his condition.

With help from the nurses on duty at any given time, his family was able to video call him once he woke up.

In his message to the Mid-Yorkshire NHS Trust — revealed on the Trust website — Brendan said he was very humbled and very grateful to the “fantastic” people at Pinderfields for the hard work and dedication of all the staff at the Trust.

It wasn’t a one-man band; a lot of teamwork went into ensuring that the system worked to such a high and thoroughly professional standard.

He also said that the effort that went into making sure patients got the best possible care was absolutely amazing.

He concluded:

“A big thank-you to all the staff on ICU, Ward 20, across the hospital and out in the community for all you are doing to support patients.”

Roughyeds and their fans wish to acknowledge and support everything Brendan has said about the NHS and Pinderfields Hospital and to add to that their very best wishes for Shez’s continued recovery and the recovery of all other Covid-19 sufferers both locally and further afield across the UK and across the world.

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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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