Club raises £100s for teenager
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/.