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Special NHS tee-shirts going far and wide

THE special tee-shirt launched by Oldham RLFC to honour the NHS for its wonderful front-line work during Covid-19 is being ordered by people across the country.

With half the profits going to local NHS charities, tee-shirts have been ordered by people in Cumbria, Yorkshire, the West Midlands, the North-East and several southern counties including Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Suffolk and Wiltshire.

Nearer to home, they will be worn in Garstang, New Mills, Warrington, Liverpool, Wigan and Ashton-in-Makerfield as well as by Roughyeds fans in Oldham and surrounding districts.

Oldham NHS T-Shirt

Orders have come in from Wakefield, Leeds, Walsall, Sunderland, Salisbury, Withernsea on the East Coast, Ulverston, Steeple Claydon, a village in Buckinghamshire, Mitcham in Surrey and the market town of Sudbury in rural Suffolk.

Said Oldham RLFC chairman Chris Hamilton, himself an NHS volunteer:

“We are delighted, obviously. We’ve had orders from far and wide and that shows the level of respect people have for the amazing work of the NHS throughout Covid-19.

“Orders will be taken via our club website until midnight this coming Sunday (June 28) and we hope a lot more people will order as a special one-off thank-you which will, of course, allow us to benefit local NHS charities.”

The horrors of Covid-19 hit the club hard when assistant coach Brendan Sheridan, a 41-year-old father of three, was stuck down suddenly.

NHS doctors and nurses at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield saved his life after a titanic battle in which he was on a ventilator and in an induced coma for two weeks.

Now recovering at his home in Dewsbury, Brendan has offered his own heartfelt thanks to all NHS staff at Pinderfields, praising their skills, courage, dedication and devotion to their work on the pandemic’s front line.

Oldham RLFC,  keen to associate itself with that tribute to all NHS staff and other key workers throughout the UK, launched the special tee-shirt in NHS rainbow colours and with the health service’s logo on the front.

It sells at £29, is available in all sizes (see Roughyeds online store) and can be pre-ordered up to midnight on Sunday.

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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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