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Firefighters take on the ambulance service in charity rugby league clash

By October 3, 2018 No Comments

Emergency services in the north west will be coming together for a great cause on Sunday October 7 when the North West Ambulance Service takes on Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service in a rugby league match. Organisers are hoping that the event at Aspull Rugby Club in Wigan will make a difference to two charities close to their hearts – Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) and the North West Air Ambulance. Organisers are hoping that the event at Aspull Rugby Club in Wigan will make a difference to two charities close to their hearts – Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) and the North West Air Ambulance.

“We first heard about the work of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation when our colleague Jon Roscoe’s little boy was diagnosed with a rare liver disease,” says firefighter, Ian Fitzhenry who came up with the idea. “Jon and his family have received support and information from the charity from the start and they will continue to need that support now that little Otis is on the waiting list for a liver transplant.  CLDF is a small charity and we want to do whatever we can to ensure that they will continue to be there for families like Jon’s. Here in Wigan, a rugby league match seemed like the obvious thing to do. Our colleagues in the ambulance service were only too happy to take part and they are fundraising for the North West Ambulance Service, another fantastic small charity.”

The event match promises to be a great family day out with a bar and hot food, raffle and the chance to meet Wigan players past and present including local legend Andy Gregory.

“We are truly humbled by the response we have had in our community to Otis’s situation”, says Jon Roscoe. “The fire service is like a family and my colleagues have been brilliant. We hope as many people as possible come along next week as the money raised will make a real difference to families like ours around the UK.”

Alison Taylor, Chief Executive of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation commented: “CLDF is the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all childhood liver diseases, by providing information and emotional support, funds for research and a voice for all those affected. In order to do this however, we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations so we are delighted to hear about the emergency services match. It’s a wonderful example of community fundraising at its best and we hope they have a great afternoon.”

The Ambulance v Fire match takes place at Aspull RFC, Wigan on Sunday October 7 at 2.30pm. For further information contact ianfitz75@icoloud.com.

For more information on CLDF visit childliverdisease.org.

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