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Saints fan proud to wear our NHS tee shirt

THE special tee-shirt which Oldham Rugby League Club had made in recognition of the wonderful and courageous work of the NHS throughout the Covid-19 pandemic continues to receive rave notices from far and wide.

The latest message of goodwill comes from St Helens fan Jackie Burke, herself an NHS nurse, who messaged Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton with these words:

“I’ve just received my shirt and I’m absolutely overjoyed with it. I can’t wait to go to work in it before I change into my uniform.

“You’re all doing a brilliant job. Keep up the good work and continue to stay safe.

“I’m a St Helens RLFC fan but I’m proud to wear this shirt and I’m proud to say that Rugby League is a united family in the sporting world. What other sport can say that ?”

The Oldham chairman replied like this:

“I’m really pleased you like it. I think they look great.

“Thank-you for taking the time to message me too — your kind comments are really appreciated.

“If you wish to send me a picture of yourself wearing the shirt, we’ll get it on our website and on our social media platforms with a few others.

“Take care and thanks for the work you do.”

The club sold 118 NHS shirts in little more than a week.  Many of them have gone all over the country by post, with lots more currently being collected during set times from the club’s office inside the Vestacare Stadium.

Many have already been collected and the others can be picked up between 10am and noon today (Thurs) and between 3pm and 4pm tomorrow (Friday).

Half the profits from the sale of the shirts will go to NHS charities.


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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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