It promises to be a very emotional occasion when Worsbrough Bridge host Glasshoughton Welfare tomorrow.
Lucille Rollinson, the mother of Glasshoughton Welfare wing wizard Connor and Worsbrough Bridge Athletic youngster Calan, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in October.
Because her sons are on opposing sides, the Rollinson family and the two clubs have turned the fixture into ‘Showing Our Support For Luce’ Day.
Bucket collections for Leukaemia UK and players wearing t-shirts displaying ‘Showing Our Support for Luce’ during the warm-up are notable aspects of the day.
Connor, who was also the captain of Worsbrough last season, said: “As a family we have been overwhelmed by the reaction and support which followed on from the article.
“We have not just had support off friends, but also clubs in the NCEL who have either sent a message of support or donated money to the JustGiving page which has been set up.
“I also know that a lot of people are planning on showing their support for my mam by coming to the game. It means a lot to us.
“The t-shirts look great and we have a few buckets so we’re all set to go. Let’s hope we can raise a lot of money for Leukaemia UK as well as raise awareness of AML symptoms.”
If you are unable to attend the fixture and you have been touched by her story and would like to make a donation to Leukaemia UK in her name, you can donate via a JustGiving page set up on the family’s behalf.
It was Connor’s idea to hold the Support Day for his “mam”. He approached Glasshoughton and Worsbrough to get their blessing and both clubs readily agreed.
Glasshoughton joint manager Lee Vigars said: “All the players from both sides wearing t-shirts for his mum is a great show of support and I think it shows just what Connor and his family mean to the local people now at Worsbrough and at Glasshoughton.
“Connor and Calan are popular lads, as their family, and at times like this, people do pull together. I know that Worsbrough are just as keen to do this for them as we are.
“It will be a emotional game and I think there’ll be a big turnout.”
You can read the feature story about the Rollinson family by clicking HERE.