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.
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.