Anonymous donor benefits Wyke ARL

Wyke RLFC juniors pictured with their donated defibrillator
Wyke RLFC juniors pictured with their donated defibrillator

WYKE Amateur RL Club has benefited from the purchase of a defibrillator from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service thanks to a donation from an anonymous supporter.

Chairman Jason Whomack said: “The defibrillator, which is only the size of a medium sized handbag, will hopefully never have to used, but it is piece of mind that if anything was to happen to any player or supporter from Wyke or from any opposition team, it would be available to assist in making sure that this person had the chance of life.”

The club operates with five junior teams and two open age teams and has spent heavily in making sure that all the teams have first aid qualified volunteers. A defibrillator was not on their shopping list but after following the Fabrice Muamba incident, Whomack was approached by a friend and asked if the club would benefit from an acquisition of this sort. As in the words of the donator, although the defibrillator has cost a considerable amount of money, the cost of a life far out ways the priceof this item.

Whomack continued:” The club has recently arranged training for all the First Aiders and coaches and the club are very pleased with the way that everything has been dealt with.

“The club is very grateful for all the support it can receive, and if anybody would like to offer sponsorship for anything from the club merchandise or simply just advertisement on the match day programmes, then speak to either myself on 07774 429351 or Karl Kittsen on 07383 578987.”

WYKE ARLFC are to join up with Wigan St Patricks for the Stobart’s Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on October 6 under the Rugby Football League’s ticket incentive scheme for major matches.

Headed by former international referee Ray Tennant, Wyke along with all other amateur clubs have been offered upgraded £31 tickets for the final and a £200 return to the club if they sell all 52 on offer to them.

That means, in real terms, they are being taken by coach from Low Moor WMC to Wigan and then on to Old Trafford for just £4.

A deposit of £10 is needed with each booking and the balance of £25 paid by August 31 to secure a seat on the coach and the Theatre of Dreams as the RFL go for a 70,000 plus crowd.

Bookings can be made via the chairman on 07774 429351 or Phil Oliver on 07588 770322.