Regular viewers of Sky's Championship coverage will have seen Haven's teenage scrum-half Gregg McNally's unusual celebration of his scores against Widnes in their last Sky game. As the Sky reporters at the game explained - Gregg was dedicating the scores to his grandfather, who sadly passed away after being treated for cancer at The West Cumberland Hospital.
And now the club is helping Gregg raise funds and awareness for the hospital's Henderson Suite, by playing in a pink kit. The shirts will be worn in the Cumbrian derby against Barrow at The Recreation Ground on July 16, before being auctioned off. All the money from the auction, and from a bucket collection on the night, will be donated to the hospital. Gregg said: "I hope people can donate as much as they are able to, in order to make the ward as comfortable as possible for people who go there for treatment. Recently, my granddad was treated at the hospital and the staff did a great job of looking after him, as I'm sure they do with everyone.
brings it home when it's your own family - but they do that work all
year, and it could be your granddad or father or child, that's why I
think it is important to help the ward improve the facilities. Our fans
are great and I'm sure the appeal will get a lot of support."
The replica shirts will also be on sale at Unique Sports, in Whitehaven - with all profits going to the ward.
Northern Cup visits Jericho School
Fitzsimons (11), McNally (14, 49), Ramsden (35, 41)
Haven joins Save Hospital March
On the day Haven beat visting Leigh
(June 2006) Charles Maudling won £10,000 in the club's annual
Big Prize draw.
Haven targeted 24 primary schools in Copeland for visits this year, with almost 1,000 youngsters undergoing rugby training, spearheaded by Aussie scrum-half Joel Penny before his end-of-season switch to Halifax. And the additional funding, from SportsMatch and club sponsors B & H Motors and Washington International will allow Haven to expand the scheme in the new year. "We are looking intially to make one full-time with hopefully two part-time appointments to help us deliver the next stage of the community programme," said Haven Director, Dave Farrell. "The benefit of the schools work is self-evident and we can now push forward with additional people, making the programme bigger and better in 2006. "We've done some really good work in the schools. It keeps the profile of the club high with young people. They are our future and we have to invest in them. The work we are doing is reflected in the age profile at our home games." Haven recorded a rise in home attendances for a fifth consecutive season in
2005, with their Recre average topping 2,100 last term. In one major scheme, Haven players targeted schools in outlying areas, including Seascale, Gosforth, Beckermet, Lamplugh and Ennerdale. "These are relatively small schools that don't get that much of a chance to get involved in sport - and they embraced it," Farrell added. "We were also involved in the British Nuclear Group's Science Week, with coaches Steve McCormack and Peter Smith putting together a really good package at the Recreation Ground, showing the benefits of exercise.
In 2005 WHITEHAVEN have landed a £50,000 jackpot to develop the clubs community work over the next 12 months. The award was made possible through a combined donation of £25,000 from loyal Haven backers Washington Group International and B&H Motors, with the governments Sportsmatch scheme adding the same sum. The cash will enable the club to visit every primary school in Copeland over the next year to spread the RL gospel. Haven secretary Dave Farrell praised Thompson and player performance boss Gary Hewer for their work in developing the successful Sportsmatch bid, which required matching funding from the club to be successful.
Thanks for 60 years of RL
In December 2004 Bill Southward, the Mayor presented Whitehaven RL board and players with a certificate in Thanks for 60 years helping put Whitehaven and Copeland on the map.
Coach Steve MacCormack has confrimed that Haven are to start the junior Under 18 Academy side in the coming 2005 season.
WHITEHAVEN'S scholarship scheme doing better than ever. Dozens of the clubs youngsters were selected for county action.
Haven scholarship kids have been picked to represent Cumbria at under-13,
under-14 and under-15 level in a regional carnival at St Helens
in September, with the likes of Lancashire, Yorkshire, London and the
South and Wales all taking part.
Haven 60-6 Town
The Academy squad with mascot Gary Hewer!
are: Scott Kenmare, Keith Campbell, John Lebbpn, Grant Dryden, David Whithorn,
Stuart Pickering, Ben Prince, Scott Lofthouse, Ryan Robb, Tony Gregg,
Matt Whalley, Darren King, Craig Dixon, Dexter Miller, Dean Burgess, Ryan
Campbell, Scott Burgess, Grant McLaughlin, David Dickinson and Liam Hall.
WHITEHAVEN newly revived Academy team
scored their first win of the season when they beat Keighley 48-10 at
The Recreation Ground on Sunday.(May 19 2002)