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3 May 2019 Community

Meeting a Local Hero

Raymond Oldfield was recently a patient on the In-Patient Unit at Kirkwood. Raymond is a lifelong rugby league fan and whilst staying at Kirkwood, he has been given tickets to watch the Huddersfield Giants V Hull FC and met rugby league legend, Henderson Gill.

At Kirkwood, we do everything we can to make a person’s time here as comfortable and happy as possible. In March, lifelong rugby league fan, Raymond Oldfield, had the chance to meet rugby league legend, Henderson Gill, while staying as a patient on Kirkwood’s In-Patient Unit.

When Raymond’s son, Matt, was growing up, he and his dad spent their weekends attending as many rugby league games as they could.

Matt was raised watching his local team, Halifax, and now regularly plays himself.

Raymond and his son, Matt, with Henderson Gill

 

So it was a real treat when Kirkwood offered Raymond, Matt and the family a chance to watch Huddersfield Giants V Hull FC after the Giants kindly donated a box at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Raymond was surprised for a second time when Kirkwood Nurse, Leon Williams, arranged a special visit from true sporting legend Henderson Gill.

Leon is a family friend of the former Bradford Northern, Rochdale Hornets, Wigan and Great Britain player, and invited him to visit Kirkwood whilst Raymond was being cared for on our In-Patient Unit.

Henderson spent time with Raymond and Matt sharing his story and past experiences. Raymond couldn’t keep the smile off his face during the visit.

Henderson Gill is a former professional rugby league footballer and played in the Championship for Bradford Northern, Rochdale Hornets and Wigan.

Raymond and Henderson

 

Whilst playing on the Wing at Wigan, Henderson before being selected to play for England and moving on to play for Great Britain and scored a hat trick on his debut.

Henderson said: “Playing for Great Britain is the greatest honour a player can achieve, playing for his country. That was the height of my career.

“Leon was telling me that a patient of his is a rugby league fan and I’ve always been the person to give something back.

“I’ve played rugby all those years and seen people spend their money on going to every single game - rain, hail, sleet or snow - to continue supporting you. It’s nice to give something back.”

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