Club raises £100s for teenager

Macclesfield Express - - GROSVENOR CENTRE ROW -

A RUGBY club has raised £500 in hon­our of a teenage player with leukaemia.

Hugh Con­nolly, 13, who is a stu­dent at Fal­li­b­roome and plays for the un­der 15s Mac­cles­field Rugby Union Foot­ball Club, was di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease just three weeks ago.

His pals at the club held a char­ity col­lec­tion in aid of Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, where Hugh is cur­rently un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy.

Hugh’s mum Kerry Con­nolly said the di­ag­no­sis was dev­as­tat­ing, but the hos­pi­tal has been a fan­tas­tic sup­port.

Kerry, who lives on Bir­tles Road, said: “I was com­pletely dev­as­tated when I found out - it was like some­one had taken the floor from be­neath me.

“I felt sick and didn’t know who to turn to. But we are be­ing op­ti­mistic. Hugh has kept his lovely smile and said ‘Mum, I’m go­ing to beat this.’ We never ex­pected a rugby game in his hon­our.

“What a credit to the town the First Team are, and the staff at Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal have been fan­tas­tic.”

Mac­cles­field coach Giles Hea­gerty, whose team won the league game against Tynedale, 33-25, said it showed ‘the true spirit of rugby’.

He said: “Both sides spent 80 min­utes knock­ing seven bells out of each other and then came to­gether at the end of the game for Hugh.

“It’s the way rugby should be, the sup­port Hugh Con­nolly has got has been ter­rific, we hope he makes a full re­cov­ery and he has the whole club back­ing him.

“It shows how rugby is, it’s a global lan­guage, the val­ues of the game have been demon­strated in a fan­tas­tic way to­day.”

Kerry will also tackle the Great Manch­ester Run to raise funds for the hos­pi­tal in May.

To do­nate at just­giv­ing.com/Ker­ryCon­nolly6/.

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