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Friday, 21 August 2015 (3069532)
Sports clubs stage special challenge in memory of Russ
by Tom Martin

TWO local sports clubs will join forces to honour one of their members who lost his battle with a rare form of cancer earlier this year.

Players from Ormskirk Rugby Club and Hightown St Mary's Cricket Club will lock horns in a special cricket match to commemorate the life of Russ Brennan, who represented both with distinction over many years.

Russ, who lived in Ainsdale, was a member of both clubs notching up more than 40 years service.

He was a successful player, captain and committee member, who was also honoured as a life member of Ormskirk RUFC in 2011.

The special match is also being held in an effort to raise funds for a charity that has been set up in his memory.

The 30-overs-a-side match will take place at Sandy Lane, home of Hightown St Mary's CC, on Sunday, August, 30 starting at 1.30pm, and will build on the success of last year's game, which Russ himself courageously took part in, raising several thousand pounds in the process.

Simon Trapnell, chairman of Hightown St Mary's, said: “Russ was a superb ambassador for grass-roots sport and we can think of no finer tribute than to play a competitive match in his honour.

”Funds raised at the event will all go to the ‘Raise for Russ Development Trust', which has been set up up to support and develop young sports people in the area - something that Russ was extremely passionate about.

“We look forward to welcoming our friends at Ormskirk Rugby Club and hope the day is a resounding success and one that Russ himself would be proud of.”

Last year a number of fundraising events, including charity rugby and cricket matches and the successful completion of the 24-hour National Three Peak Challenge by players from both clubs, all helped to raise almost £10,000 for the two cancer charities that supported Russ throughout his illness, The R Charity at Royal Liverpool Hospital and Anthony Nolan.

Friends of Russ and members of both clubs are encouraged to attend. There will be a fundraising raffle on the day, stalls and a bouncy castle for children.

The bar will also be open all afternoon and evening, with hot and cold food available.

For further details contact Nick Gordon on 07795 440495.


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