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Rugby players run 6k a day for school nurse in Uganda

Shirley Crawford in Uganda

A group of amateur rugby players from West Yorkshire are running 6 kilometres a day throughout June to raise money for their former school nurse who left behind everything to move to Uganda and help AIDs orphans.

Shirley Crawford moved to Africa over a year ago and has been voluntarily caring for, and nursing, AIDSs orphans, rescued child soldiers, and war-effected children in Gulu. She’s working with the charities Fathers Heart Ministries and Watoto.

Shirley was a senior sister at Woodhouse Grove in Apperley Bridge for many years, but left behind her family and career to move to Uganda permanently.

Seven Old Grovians players taking part in challenge

Now seven players from Old Grovians RUFC – all former pupils at Woodhouse Grove School – are running 6K a day, every day, for the second year in a row.

The team’s captain, Chris Blackhall, said:

"In total we will cover about 1200km over the month. But Shirley has been working tirelessly in Uganda so the pain is worth it."

Last year they did the same challenge and raised more than £2000.

For more information on their campaign, click here.

Police arrest five in charity fraud investigation

Police have arrested five men as part of a fraud investigation involving charitable funds.

Five arrested across Yorkshire

Two men aged 32 and 53 from Halifax, two men aged 33 and 43 from Dewsbury and one 38-year-old man from Sheffield have all been arrested today.

Six properties and a business premises across South and West Yorkshire are also being searched as part of the investigation.

The five men have been taken to police stations in South and West Yorkshire for questioning.

The North East Counter Terrorism Unit is leading this investigation.

The Charity Commission is supporting the NE CTU as part of this investigation.

Blades to host charity tea party

Sheffield United staff and players are to host a tea party and bake off to raise funds for a cancer charity.

L to R: Sami (Stefan Scougall), Fern (Harry Maguire), Danielle (Ryan Flynn), Cheryl (Chris Porter) and Nadine (Jamie Murphy).

The Time For Tea event will be held at the Blades' Shirecliffe training ground in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Cakes prepared by players' wives and girlfriends will be entered into a bake off challenge as part of the fundraiser on May 2.

The cakes will be served to players and coaching staff by the team's manager Nigel Clough, captain Michael Doyle and coach Chris Morgan.

A panel of players and coaches will then judge the winner, who will be presented with a trophy at the team's match against Coventry City on May 3.

Dave McCarthy, operations director at Sheffield United, said: "We are excited to be hosting the Time For Tea event at our training ground to show support and hopefully encourage other football fans in the city to arrange their own fundraising event for what is such a worthy cause.

"A number of the player's partners have already been practising their baking skills in preparation for the day and I am sure the players will appreciate their partners' efforts after their final training session of the campaign."

Sarah Cross, charity fundraiser at Weston Park Hospital Charity, said: "It's great that Sheffield United has got behind the Time For Tea campaign by hosting their very own fundraising event.

"We hope that their participation will encourage others to hold their very own tea party to raise vital funds for the charity."

Supporters of the charity are invited to host their own Time For Tea events and share baking photos and recipes on Twitter using the hashtag #timefortea.

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