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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.


Ex-Premiership stars take on French XI

A host of ex-Premier League stars will be playing in a charity football match at Harrogate Town's ground later today.

With the impending Tour de France very much in mind, it pits Yorkshire against a French squad, all raising money for the Army Benevolent Fund.

The home team, pulled together by former Huddersfield and Chelsea defender Ken Monkou, features a host of locally-based former Premiership stars - including Danny Mills, Peter Beagrie, Gary McAllister, Neil Sullivan, Dean Windass, Craig Short, Darren Moore, Gerald Sibon and Wayne Jacobs.

The French includes Louis Saha, Laurent Robert, Antoine Sibierski and Vincent Pericard.

Ahead of the match, which kicks off at 1930, John Shires spoke to Peter Beagrie, Major Barney Barnbrook from the ABF, and organiser Ken Monkou.

Soap stars line up for charity football match

Stars of Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street are to take on a team of ex-Sheffield United players in a charity football match.

Brammall Lane Credit: Press Association

Actors Jamie Lomas, Anthony Quinlan, Luke Roskell and Nico Mirallegro will be among those taking part in the match at Bramall Lane.

They will face a team of ex-Blades featuring Chris Morgan, Curtis Woodhouse, Craig Short and Keith Curle.

Others in the line-up include Chris Wilder, Dave Kitson and Leigh Bromby, with more names due to be confirmed.

Proceeds from the match on May 18 will go to Prostate Cancer UK and the Once Upon A Smile Foundation, which offers financial support and respite breaks to families who have suffered a bereavement.

Emmerdale star Danny Miller, co-founder of Once Upon A Smile, will be on the celebrities' team.

Danny said: "I can't wait to play at Bramall Lane. Sheffield was one of the first places we set out on the journey of charity football and it gives me great pleasure to play there again with me and the boys at Once Upon A Smile. It promises to be a great event."

Emmerdale's Danny Miller Credit: Press Association

Former Blades captain Chris Morgan, now a member of Nigel Clough's coaching team, said: "I'm sure all the players are keen to put on a Blades kit once again and the celebs will be looking forward to playing on the Bramall Lane pitch.

Chris Morgan Credit: Press Association

"The day, though, is all about raising vital funds for the two worthwhile charities and it would be fantastic to see as many people as possible come down and show their support. We hope it will be a great event to finish off a memorable season."

The match will be refereed by Howard Webb.Tickets cost £6 for adults and £1 for under-16s.

Hayley's skirt turns up in Lincoln charity shop

A charity shop in Sleaford got an unexpected delivery last week when they received a dress worn by Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Julie wearing the skirt while filming in Blackpool Credit: Press Association

Julie's character, Hayley Cropper, left the show after a controversial storyline earlier this year.

The skirt is a purple, floral, Birketex skirt, in size 16, with sequins and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

It is being sold for £45 at Sleaford’s British Red Cross shop.

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