On Thursday the 12th of November, I held a Charity evening at All saints Social centre in Golborne, near Warrington. The event was in aid of the RFL Benevolent Fund (now called the “TRY ASSIST FUND”) and had been arranged for about 5 months. I had a few nightmares over the last week or so arranging players and guest speakers but all went smoothly on the night.
Our MC for the evening was none other than Graham Lovett from Wish FM, a local radio station and a well known character within the Rugby League Fraternity. Panel guests were Sky Sports commentator and ex Wigan player, Phil Clarke, ex St Helens player Tommy Martyn and Warrington Wolves star Lee Briers.
Our special guest for the evening was Steve Ball, General Manager of the RFL Benevolent Fund who was accompanied by Paul Kilbride. Paul was injured in a Rugby League accident in April 1995 whilst playing for an amateur side. He is paralysed from the chest down and is unable to walk. Unfortunately Paul took ill on the evening and had to be rushed into Warrington General Hospital. In his words “a lovely place full of strange people!”. He really wanted to get up and speak to the people that had attended the evening and thank them for showing their appreciation, support and attendance and wanted to explain all about the RFL Benevolent Fund but that was not to be. I told him that I had had a lot of phone calls, text messages and e-mails asking how he was and people also wanted to know when the next event was being held, this is yet to be confirmed but looks like February 2010.
The main reason for this letter is to thank the 100 people that made the effort to attend on a wet, windy and cold “school night” to support this worthy cause at a time when the economic climate is not the best for Charity Events, even so we raised the fantastic sum of £1130.00 through a raffle and an auction of Rugby League memorabilia. Thanks must also go to Martin Blondel, whose tireless work for the Steve Prescott Foundation is an inspiration to all and without whose help I would not have been able to organise this evening. Thanks also go to Tommy Martyn, Phil Clarke, Lee Briers and Graham Lovett for also giving up their valuable time. Thanks also go to the Kim and the staff at All Saints for a wonderful venue and all their help.