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Skipper Gaz in Three Peaks Challenge

ROUGHYEDS captain Gareth Owen will supplement his personal training during this pandemic by leading a team from Waterhead ARLFC on a major fund-raising challenge in Yorkshire.

Himself a former Peach Road protege, the Oldham skipper still looks back on his Waterhead days with great affection and with gratitude for the way he was tutored on Waterhead Park as a boy to launch a career which saw him play 32 Super League games for Salford before moving to Oldham and eventually becoming a proud captain of his home-town club.

When an opportunity arose to get involved in Waterhead’s big challenge to raise up to £8,000 for one of their own, Gaz jumped at it.

As a consequence, he will team up with four current Waterhead players on Saturday to do a sponsored walk up Pen-y-Ghent , Whernside and Ingleborough, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, to raise money for the grandson of a former Waterhead legend, the late Steve Webb.

Thomas Lees, who’s in his late teens, suffers from cerebral palsy and is in urgent need of a hi-tech communication device so he can communicate his needs effectively, socialise with family and friends, make decisions for himself and have a ‘voice’ of his own.

The family have been quoted £8,142 for the device, but their initial target is £4,000.

Thomas’s grandma, Shirley, known to him as ‘Nanna’, instigated the fund-raising event, acquired the quote for the communication device and is now spearheading the appeal.

Owen will do the Three Peaks Challenge with his pals and current Waterhead players Mitchell Birch, Matty Holland, Dale Lowe and Jenson Hamilton.

He said: “This is a cause that’s close to everyone’s heart at Waterhead. Thomas’s late grandad, known to everyone at the club as ‘Webby’, was a Waterhead legend and the whole family are part and parcel of the club.

“I think the fund stands at about £1,600 to date. We have a lot of work to do but every penny counts.

“Steve Webb was proud of his club and proud of his family. He was a key member of the Waterhead side that won trophies under the command of the great, late Ken Wilson and when his playing days were over he became a key man in the famous Waterhead gym that has produced so many great players.

“Sadly, ‘Webby’ is no longer with us but he will never be forgotten in local rugby circles and he would be so proud and touched to know what the Waterhead club is now doing for his grandson.”

The son of Steve and Trudy Lees, Thomas has supported his grandad’s club all his life and his twin brother Jimmy has also played for the club.

The Just Giving Link is here:

www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/communicationdevice-forthomas?utm_term=kd5W7DN0MX



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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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