Ex-Town stars play for brave Ruddi, 6

Ruddi Waterworth-Jones and his family
Ruddi Waterworth-Jones and his family
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Former Halifax Town stars will dust off their football boots for a charity match on Sunday.

Lee Martin, Kieran O’Regan, Rodney Rowe, Kevin Donovan and Andy Thackary will be among the one-time Shaymen who will form a team of ex-professional players against a team of West Riding League players.

The game has been organised in part by Craig Waterworth, sports development officer at Calderdale College, to raise funds for children’s charity Ruddi’s Retreat.

Craig’s son, Ruddi, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, cancer of the soft-tissue, at just six months old.

Doctors found the tot had a tumour which was connected to his prostate gland and his bladder, both of which he later had removed.

He underwent months of chemotherapy, which then caused his liver to fail and left him with rickets.

Ruddi’s family were told he wouldn’t survive, but he defied the doctors predictions and recovered.

He went into remission in 2009, and just last month doctors told the family that the cancer had not returned.

In July, Craig and Ruddi’s mum, Ali, set up Ruddi’s Retreat, which they hope will raise enough money to buy a static caravan which can then be used as a holiday home by families who need time away from treatment and care.

Now the charity have set up the match at AFC Emley on Sunday 20 November to raise as much money as possible towards the caravan.

Holly Andrews, Ali’s friend and fund raiser for Ruddi’s Retreat, said: “We’ve done loads of fund raising over the last few months but this is the first eleven a side football match we’ve done,” she said.

She said her partner Paul Quinn, manager at Brighouse Town, has team up with Craig to organise the match.

“We’re hoping to have around 300 people there and we’re really looking forward to it.”

Kick off is at 1.30pm at The Welfare Ground on Upper Lane in Huddersfield. Refreshments will be available at the bar from noon and there will be a raffle and sport auction on the day.

Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for children.