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