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Can you help Philippa to raise money for others?

A Bradford Bulls and Leeds United fan, Philippa Barraclough, is calling on the famous ‘Rugby League family’ to help her in a fund-raising challenge to raise £3,000 by August 21 for the British Heart Foundation and The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, based in Leeds.

She has already raised nearly half of it, but her challenge was to hit £3,000 in 12 months and time is running out — fast.

Needing surgery at one week old to repair two holes in her heart and a damaged aortic arch, she will celebrate her 30th birthday on August 13 and she knows already that her brother, who was five on the day she had her life-saving surgery, has bought her tickets for the Rugby League World Cup semi-final in November at, of all places, Elland Road in Leeds.

Said Philippa, known to her friends and family as Pips:

“For someone like me who was brought up watching the Bulls at Odsal and who now watches Leeds United at Elland Road, that’s an amazing pressie and I’m very excited about it.”

Her original challenge was to complete the 660 miles from Bradford to Land’s End by bike, but because she’s visually impaired and also suffers from a curved spine that was out of the question.

Undeterred, and determined not to be beaten, she decided to complete the equivalent of 660 miles on a stationary bike in her garage.

She breezed through that and has now done another 524 miles, using the distances between Rugby League grounds, including the 27.2 miles from Warrington Wolves to Oldham and the 42.6 from Oldham RLFC to Keighley Cougars, as marker points.

Added Philippa:

“If I can get over the try line and raise the full £3,000 in time for my 30th birthday, I will be made up. I just want to do my bit and make a difference.

“My fundraising page for Twitter is @PipsTurning30. Here is a link to my fundraising page via Virgin Money Giving. 

“I also have an update page on my blog to spread the word about the amazing work these two charities do. My latest blog is around Heart Disease and Mental Health. 

“There are people who are not as fortunate as me and I would love it if I could make even the smallest difference.”

Philippa said she was looking forward to the World Cup and was also pleased that the Women’s Challenge Cup Final was televised because that showed the game was growing. 

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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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