Ea­monn O’neal Rugby legend helps to raise vi­tal cash for char­ity

Stockport Times West - - TRAVEL -

I WAS de­lighted to host an event ear­lier this month at Sale Rugby Club in aid of the Alex Hulme Foun­da­tion.

It was a gath­er­ing of lo­cal busi­ness­men and women who came to­gether to raise aware­ness and money for a great cause.

Alex Hulme was born in 1999 but in 2011 he was di­ag­nosed with nonHodgkin lym­phoma.

After re­spond­ing to his early treat­ment, Alex sadly lost his six-month bat­tle in Septem­ber 2011.

Alex’s mum and dad, Ni­cola and Dave Hulme along with Alex’s aun­tie, Brenda Jack­son, set up the foun­da­tion to hon­our Alex by cre­at­ing a legacy to help oth­ers in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions.

They’ve done an amaz­ing job and 100 per cent of the money they raise goes to­wards de­vel­op­ing re­search into non-Hodgkin lym­phoma in chil­dren.

Over the years many peo­ple have joined in the fundrais­ing and last Fri­day lots of lo­cal busi­nesses pledged support.

It was a fun af­ter­noon too be­cause the guest speaker was rugby league legend Bar­rie McDer­mott.

Born in Old­ham, Bar­rie played in 12 fi­nals in­clud­ing Grand Fi­nals, Chal­lenge Cup Fi­nals and a World Club Chal­lenge.

He won dozens of in­ter­na­tional caps and played more than 400 games in 16 years for Old­ham, Wi­gan and Leeds.

He’s now an ac­com­plished en­ter­tainer and after-din­ner speaker and helped raise more than £3,000 for the char­ity.

Well done to Brad, Mike and the or­gan­is­ers and those who con­trib­uted.

If you’d like to find out more about the Alex Hulme Foun­da­tion it’s all on their web­site – alex­hul­me­foun­da­tion. co.uk.

FOL­LOW­ING that lunch I headed over to Bramhall Golf Club for a char­ity fash­ion show with a dif­fer­ence in aid of St Ann’s Hospice.

All the clothes on show had come from St Ann’s char­ity shop in Bramhall and there was some great clob­ber for sale.

The high­light for me though was see­ing my friend Si­mon Wadsworth as one of the mod­els.

With­out wish­ing to be cruel, you couldn’t imag­ine a more un­likely model but he pulled it off. Then he put it back on and the show con­tin­ued with­out fur­ther in­ci­dent. A great night and more money raised.

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