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Shez’s battle highlighted by BBC World News

Brendan Sheridan, our assistant coach, has told the story of his ongoing battle to beat coronavirus to a world-wide audience.

In a television link-up in the early hours of this morning (Thursday) he was one of several people to be interviewed by internationally-known journalist and BBC presenter Philippa Thomas, main presenter of the BBC’s World News Today.

Others interviewed on the programme, ‘Coronaviris — Your Stories’ included Brett Breslow, a 50-year-old veteran of the United States Navy, who was speaking from New Jersey and facing a similar battle to Brendan, and a young doctor, Bhasha Mukherjee, who was crowned Miss England in 2019 and who has returned from charity work overseas to work in the UK as a front-line doctor amid the pandemic.

Philippa Thomas, who was brought up in Wakefield, simultaneously interviewed Brendan from his Dewsbury home and Brett Breslow in the USA.

Brendan, who was in an induced coma for two weeks in Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, is now recovering well physically, but is struggling to come to terms mentally with all he has been through.

He said he was still getting flashbacks of his time in hospital, where he owed his life to the brilliant NHS doctors and nurses, and he couldn’t get a decent night’s sleep.

He said he was struggling mentally and hadn’t slept more than 16 hours in the last two weeks.

The programme highlighted how the virus could severely attack relatively young and strong men like Brendan and Brett and how it could affect them mentally as well as physically.

Thanks to the help and intervention of Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton and Steve McCormack at Rugby League Cares, Brendan has now been referred to Sporting Chance, a clinic that specialises in dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

he said:

“I’ve been haunted by thoughts in hospital of not being able to say goodbye to my family.

“I couldn’t move in the hospital bed and when you’re in a ventilator it’s very claustrophobic. There were some dark days and I was looking at a machine 18 hours a day hoping my oxygen levels were going up.

“It’s very difficult to deal with it all. Physically, I feel fine now but it’s hard to process everything else.”



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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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