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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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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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