Crowdfunder launched to support junior rugby league player with leukemia

Harley Anderson

A crowdfunder has been launched in aid of Walney Central Under 12s player Harley Anderson, who has recently been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia.

As part of their fundraising efforts, the Under 12s will be walking from Ulverston to Walney on December 4.

They will call in at local clubs Ulverston, Dalton, Barrow Island, Roose, Hindpool and Barrow Raiders, before finishing at Walney Central.

At the time of writing, the fund had already raised more than 10 times it’s initial target of £500.

On their Just Giving page, the club wrote: “As you will all understand this is a difficult time for Harley and his parents Kayleigh, Dan his brother and sister Cameron and Georgia.

“As a club we want to help contribute to the costs of traveling and staying with Harley through his treatment and we hope you, our extended rugby league family, will be able to help us in our efforts.

Please help and easy some financial pressure at this worrying time for the family. No matter how small a donation every little helps.”

To donate, click here.

Kevin Brown giving back

Meanwhile, recently retired Kevin Brown is undertaking a 48-hour fundraising walk in aid of Orrell St James next weekend.

The former Salford, Huddersfield, Warrington, Widnes and Wigan stand-off will be joined by fellow under 9s coaches Dave Dempsey, Stephen Fairhurst, Ben Hogg and Joe Molyneux.

The five are aiming to raise £20,000 to send more than 30 junior players on the trip of a lifetime in 2023 – to take part in a festival of rugby league in Perpignan.

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The 90-mile walk will take place along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, starting at Bridge Road in Rodley at 6pm on Friday night.

Brown, whose son Harry plays at Orrell St James, said: “I’ve been lucky enough to have been paid to play Rugby League and visit Perpignan as a professional player, but my roots are in the community game and this is a way of giving something back.

“We have 30-odd under nines kids at Orrell St James and we want all of them, regardless of family circumstances, to be able to make that trip to Perpignan.

“It will be a fantastic experience for them and some of them may even go on to enjoy careers in Rugby League as I have. I hope people out there can find a few pounds or even just a few pence to help them on their way.”

Anybody wishing to support the Orrell St James walkers donate here:

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